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Pre AICE Language Summer Assignment2012

Analyze his or her positive impact both on individual

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analyze his or her positive impact both on individual lives and on the war-torn culture of Sierra Leone. Do cultures need heroes or Good Samaritans like them to survive? 3- Beah lends texture to his narrative by recalling various family members and ancestors and their tribal lore and wisdom. Stories passed down from generation to generation have great value for him, especially as he becomes more and more isolated from his family members and his past. Focus on a particular scene from the book and analyze the importance of storytelling as a means of preserving culture and providing both comfort and identity. You might also consider the fact that Beah eventually gets adopted by a storyteller in New York, and that he feels compelled to share his story with the world. 4- Throughout this narrative, Beah describes the systematic use of illegal drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, and how these drugs were linked to violence. Locate one scene in which these drugs are connected to violence—perhaps emboldening people to commit murder or to cope with the killing they have already done. Analyze the impact of this drug culture on the various cultures and people of Sierra Leone. You may relate this to what you witness in your own culture. 5- A Long Way Gone features an unusually large number of heartbreaking scenes of violence and psychological trauma. Beah is both victim and victimizer in this narrative, and the effects on his psyche become apparent through sleeplessness, nightmares, and headaches. Happily, Beah is able to survive his war experiences, get some physical and psychological healing, and create a new future for himself. What solutions to the effects of violence on an individual does this book seem to offer? Can you identify any solutions that might work for a whole culture? Parent /Student-Teacher Contact Please feel free to contact me via email ( [email protected] ) or by telephone 723-4848 (ext. 2088).
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