The two chapters that we have read are very important, as Beah takes on a whole new experience. He is taken from his war-like lifestyle, not knowing what is going to happen to him. The boys arrive at a brand new place, meeting others that had been affected by the war. Beah meets boys that had been fighting for the rebels, where he uses diction to strengthen the writing. A fight breaks out between boys from the army and those that were rebels. "It hadn't crossed their mind that a change in environment wouldn't immediately make us normal boys; we were dangerous, and brainwashed to kill."(Beah 135). "Brainwashed" really gives someone an understanding of what the boys are going through. They had adapted to their harsh lifestyle, and now had been taken from it. They still feel as if they are at war with the other boys that are there.
I had someone that was a very good friend of mine in high school. After we graduated, he began to hang around some new people that influenced him to make some poor decisions. We began to not be as close, and now I do not see him very often. He is in college, but misses a lot of classes. I believe that the biggest factor in this was his new friends. I think that he was persuaded by them and changed his lifestyle. Although we try to talk to him and make him understand, there is not much that we can do about it.