Storytelling is about listening. Are you listening?
Music plays a huge part in A Long Way Gone, as it does in many cultures as focal point of religion, of history, of revolution. Let's keep track of the songs in A Long Way Gone and discuss the importance of representation, language, and storytelling.
Literary Devices are the meaning- how do flashes of memory overtake you? How do too many flashbacks in a piece of literature make you feel? How does the author feel? How does the method of storytelling help you understand the story?
PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.
It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.
Blood Diamond clip- introducing the RUF and the confusion, loss, violence, PTSD- RUF take over in
A Long Way Gone- Chapter 1.