The Similarities and Differences
Among many people, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and the fictional film Beasts of No Nation always seem similar. Contrary to this assumption, there are many substantial differences between the two. The differences can be seen in plots, character as well as setting dimension.
The Beasts of No Nation presents an American war drama film that was written, shot, and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. It is a drama about a boy surviving as his nation undergoes a horrific war. This film was shot in Ghana and starred Idris Elba, David Dontoh, Ama K. Abebrese, Abraham Attach Grace Nortey, as well as Opeyemi Fagbohungbe (Iweala & Nyambi, 2006). The film bases on a 2005 novel bearing the same name by Uzodinma Iweala. The individual book is named after a Fela Kuti album. Conversely, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a memoir which was written by Ishmael Beah. He is an author from Sierra Leone. Ishmael Beah presents his firsthand account as a child soldier in the civil war which faced Sierra Leone in 1990s. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier presents Ishmael Beah as the mains character. On the other hand, The Beasts of No Nation shows Ag as the main character. All other characters featured in the two are different.
The Beasts of No Nation‘s plot is in Ghana where a civil war is surfacing. In its plot a young boy called Agu, stays in a small village with his family. His village is situated in a buffer zone that is enforced by ECOMOG soldiers. His father is a local leader who helps the refugees from the nearby areas by allowing them to stay on his land. They plot continues with the village getting told that the government has disintegrated, with soldiers -aligned rebels gaining control of the whole country. After the rebel forces head to the village, people flee to the capital for safety. Different from The Beasts of No Nation, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a true story where the author’s parents, siblings, grandmother as well as the aunt were murdered by the Revolutionary United Front rebels. After accessing rescue from UNICEF and getting rehabilitated, the author goes to stay l with his Uncle and fortunate enough he gets recruited to go to the United States to speak at a U N event on child soldiers (Beah, 2007). He then returns to his country after the speaking event and eventually makes his way back to America. Later, he manages to forgive himself as well love once again.
Therefore, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and the fictional film Beasts of No Nation are entirely different. Despite the fact that both are tailored to a topic of a child soldier, the settings, characters and plot are entirely different. While a Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a true story narrated by the real person who went through it, The Beasts of No Nation is a little drama that has no first-hand basis. The Beasts of No Nation and a Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier are different stories presented on a child soldier. The plots, characters, as well as setting, are different and hence, people should not treat them as same.
Beah, I. (2007). A long way went: Memoirs of a boy soldier. New York: Large Print Press/Gale Cengage Learning.
Iweala, U., & Nyambi, N. (2006): Beasts of no nation. Prince Frederick, Md: Recorded Books.