ALWG Literary Analysis Essay

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Choose one of the following prompts and use the underlined portion to formulate your thesis. Respect your elders Commenting on how a rebel soldier had interrogated an old man, Beah writes, “Before the war a young man wouldn’t have dared to talk to anyone older in such a rude manner. We grew up in a culture that demanded good behavior from everyone, and especially from the young” (33). In a well organized essay, discuss the side- effects of the war. Essentially, did the war really change an entire culture? It’s your fault! At the village of Yele, a pivotal shift in this memoir begins when Ishmael goes from being an observer and victim of savage, war-triggered violence to being a perpetrator of such violence. How does this shift happen? Afterwards, the volunteers at the rehabilitation center tell the children that “none of these things are your fault.” Do Ishmael and his companions have any choice in their actions? Who, then, is at fault? Who is to blame? Gawkers Looking back to the short “New York City, 1998” prologue that begins this memoir, what is it, exactly, that Ishmael’s friends find so “cool” about his past?
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