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The introduction of the story begins in New York in 1998. It then goes back to when Ishmael was a kid living in Sierra Leone.

Rising Action

The Rising Action of the Story begins in 1993 when Ishmael and his brother journey to Mattru Jong. It continues throughout Ishmael’s time in the war, to his time in rehab, and in New York.

The Climax of the story is when Ishmael finally reaches Guinea, after a long journey.

Falling Action

The falling action is when Ishmael goes to New York and carries on with his life.


The resolution is that Ishmael avoids the rebels for the last time, and he heals from his life as a kid soldier with a new life in New York.