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In A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah, family can be circumstantial rather than genetic, they are the people who stand by you, and push you through difficult times. Family can be circumstantial rather than genetic. This theme is especially apparent in this novel. Throughout the book, there are several characters who support Ishmael and become his family. From the six boys whom he meets in a passing village, to the nurse at the rehabilitation center.
During the war, Ishmael’s life is constantly changing, and the walls around him are collapsing day after day, as he watches the people in his life that mean the most to him, come and go. Even at the loneliest points of his travels, he used the memory of his family to push through the difficulties. After the war began, Ishmael, his older brother Junior, and four others boys, were left to fend for themselves, because they were separated from their parents and siblings when the war initiated. After their hiding spot in Mattru Jong was infested by the rebels, they had to begin walking as far away from the war as possible. One day as the boys were visiting a nearby village, a group of rebels came out of nowhere and started interrogating them. Luckily, in the distance was the sound of gunshots, the boys were able to remain safe, but in all the commotion, they were
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He walked over to a group of six boys that he recognized. The boys told him, that they were also walking to find safety, and that he could tag along if he would like. During their journeys together, the boys grew very close, they became each others family. And even after they were drafted into the war, their bond did not break, “My squad is my family, my gun is my provider, and protector,” (pg. 116 Ishmael Beah). This is the perfect instance of how in some circumstances, family can be situational, not

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