A Long Way Gone
Week four part one
In A Long Way Gone, Ishmael says this, “It hadn’t crossed their minds that a change in environment wouldn’t immediately make us normal boys; we were dangerous, and brainwashed to kill.”(Beah, p. 135) This quote is important because it explains how the boy soldier’s minds are warped. They are programmed to kill, and don’t think twice about it. Their senior advisors tell teach them that the right thing to do is kill them, and because the boys trust and look up to them, they do what they are told. Soon the boys forget what the right thing is. Through the drugs and killing, they become what Ishmael said; dangerous and brainwashed to kill.