In chapters 16 and 17 in A Long Way Gone I feel like Beah uses flashback and overall descriptions really well in order to convey his thoughts about the situations he is going through at that moment. While he is trying to be rehabilitated Ishmael tends to replay major events that have happened in the past in order to cope with what is happening to him in the present. These flashbacks are so descriptive that the make you feel like you were there with him, this is to help you understand his thought process and why he handles things the way he does. The diction presented throughout these chapters is medium level. I feel like Beah does this so the reader can comprehend the book but he can also convey the mind of a child.
Growing up one of my friends since the seventh grade has always been a happy go lucky person that loved being with her friends. That all changed in the eighth grade when she started the first of many long and unhealthy relationships. Soon after she started dating a guy she would choose him over everyone including her family. These relationships were always on again off again. You couldn't have a simple conversation without her changing the subject to bring up the problems she was having in her relationship. It got to the point where we wouldn't hang out with her for months at a time and then when we did hang out it was only because her boyfriend broke up with her. A friendship is supposed to be equal but that wasn't the case with her, just last year we stopped talking and it honestly sucks because she's one of my best friends. Life goes on and hopefully we can reconnect in the future.