Essay regarding the Book
“A Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah.
involves the change in his understanding of home and place. Details uploaded.
ENG 91 Parisi 5
Take-Home Essay #2:
Notions of Home
A large part of Ishmael’s experience involves a change in his understanding of home and place. (You can use
this sentence as the beginning of a paragraph for your essay.)
What is Ishmael’s experience of home and village life as a child growing up? What associations would
probably come to his mind (what words and phrases would he think about, just thinking about home?) as
he thinks about home before the war? As he moves from village to village, how does his experience of
“home” and “village life” change? In What ways do each of the villages he encounters “twist” or “up-
end” (turn upside down) his early experiences of home? (Note contrasts and ironies.)
What changes has he seen take place around him? (e. g. “At this early point in the story, Ishmael has seen,
He has witnessed, . . He has begun wondering/fearing/ realizing.
Part Two of the essay:
Compare Ishmael’s early experience of home and village life with your own experience of home and the life of
the community you come from. (You could use your early home experience or ANY community-social group,
peer group, special or professional group.) Note similan‘ties and differences. 1
Discuss how the experience of “home” seems to change as people grow older or as time passes. Do you think
changing our minds about “home” is part of life? Explain.
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