So far my reading is going okay. I don't love reading to begin with but "A Long Way Gone" definitely brings a different perspective in to view and that is always refreshing. For me I personally, I prefer "The house on Mango Street", particularly because of the structure. I love how quick and descriptive it is. It's like when a teacher doesn't give a length requirement on an essay. If you're not a good writer than you still have to type a few pages to get your point across. Cisnero is the smart kid in class that wrote a single paragraph but the writing was so amazing that it was still a perfect essay.
My active reading habits aren't amazing. I do tend to highlight or mark things that make me visualize something so thats a start. I guess I'm new to the idea of marking up a book when I'm so used to keeping books in great condition so that I could return them.
"Not from Around Here" Is the title I gave this chapter.
I gave this title because of how the boys are treated and the things they do when they arrive all the way up until they leave. In chapter six, the boys are all walking when a group of men surprise them and take them back to their village. They were questioned and tied up because they were thought to be rebels. A kid that was from their same village told everyone it was okay and they were let go. They spend their initial time in the village essentially on guard duty due to the fear of the imminent attack of the rebels. Slowly the urgency to defend themselves is forgotten and they boys are put to work on a farm. One day, the village is attacked by rebels ad everyone runs. One of the more important things to remember in this chapter is the very end when Beah tells us that its the last time he see's Junior.
The vocabulary word I thought showed importance was "misfits". It relates to how I perceive this chapter entirely. Beah and all his friends are misfits in this village. They're not farmers, they're rappers. They don't usually do these kinds of things and the people of the village know it too. Misfits is a word used to describe being out of place or not fitting in.
"...Junior and I were misfits..."(Beah 42). This quote describes how I personally saw the theme as well. I think the theme is just a natural disconnection or confusion. They're not used to this life and they're in a community where that is all anyone else does. In certain parts of the chapter, Beah describes the villagers as expert farmers. Short after is when he admits to being a misfit. I think it just creates an external conflict within the society because of the presence of outsiders that can't do what they can. Also it could create an internal conflict with the boys in correlation with not being good enough.