Topic: War Hero

This page will demonstrate our belief that there are many different types of "War Heros." We believe that people that you wouldn't expect, can be considered a "War Hero." These people can be a mother, a child, a grand-parent, a soldier, or etc. We believe that a "War Hero" does not just have to be someone who is fighting in the war, as shown in our books, and on our page. In the aspect of War, they can also be the people who are helplessly involved in the war, such as a family who cannot escape their country. On the other aspect, we also believe that a "War" can simply be a struggle inside of one's self, with someone else, or in a group. We believe a "War Hero" can be anyone who is making the best out of a situation, not giving - up, and are acting based on helping others first.


S. - Slavenka Drakulic

"She knows that all such encounters are a game of chance, and this one looks to her like a win"
(pg. 75)

This quote shows S. is starting to realize that in order to survive at the camp she needs to start beating the soldiers at their own game. This represents when S. is starting to be with the Captain and I think this shows a true war hero because she is acting as though she isn't intimidated by the situation anymore. S. is staying strong and doing what she needs to do to get by with the situation she is in.

The Marine Sniper - Charles Henderson

Reinke motioned to the Marines to go on and leave him. "God damn it, Hathcock. Top's hit. I can't leave him there to die. you go ahead." - (pg.91)

This quote shows why Hathcock is a "War Hero;" because he looks after his men and he went back to save his man's life.

A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah

"I wanted to blame someone for this particular predicament, but there was no one to be blamed. We had made a logical decision and it had come to this. It was a typical aspect of being in a war. Things changed rapidly in a matter of seconds and no one had any control over anything. We had yet to learn these things and implement survival tactics, which was what it came down to." - Ishmael (pg.29)

This quote is a very good depiction of just why Ishmael can be considered a "War Hero." In trying to go over things in his head, Ishmael realizes that he cannot take the time and the energy to blame someone for what has happened. He realizes that the only thing he is able to do at this point, is try to survive.

S. - Slavenka Drakulic

"Still, I quickly reconciled myself to the fact that I would be carrying this burden for several more months and would then give the child up for adoption. I renounced the child in advance. As if I were a mere receptacle, temporarily housing it, like a rent-a-womb." (pg. 145)

This quote is showing the hardships the girls in the women's room were going through. Not only were they beaten and raped but for some they also had the burden of being pregnant with children they never wanted to have. I believe these women are war hero's because through all the hardships they had to face they were strong enough to make it through the camp and deal with all of the awful things they never chose for themselves.

Song Lyrics

The Marine Sniper - Charles Henderson

" Ballad of the Green Berets" (ssgt Barry Sadler)

Trained to live, off nature's land,
Trained in combat, hand to hand,
Men who fight by night and day.

This song shows how Hathcock is trained. He is trained to live off nature's land , and trained in combat. This is what made Hathcock a war hero and helped him get all those record kills.

A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah

"War Child"

Who will save the war child baby?
Who controls the key?
The web we weave is thick and sordid,
Fine by me.

At times of war we're all the losers,
There's no victory.
We shoot to kill and kill your lover,
Fine by me.

War child, victim of political pride.
Plant the seed, territorial greed.
Mind the war child,
We should mind the war child.

(These are only some of the lyrics to the song. To see all of the lyrics, click here .)

This song is a great representation of Ishmael's life during the war. Ishmael is with a group of kids only 13 - 16 years old, who have no choice but to try and survive through the war and make it on their own. They are not old enough to have any say or decision in the war, and their opinions most certainly are not valued. They are left paying for a war that they had no place in starting. Many children who are in areas of war, are in the same situation. Their trials are represented through this song. I believe that this song should help people realize that children really are heros of war, for all that they are expected too, and forced to overcome through such challenging circumstances.


S. - Slavenka Drakulic

"It's My Life" - Bon Jovi


This is a song that I think represents how the women would of been if they refused to listen to the soldiers orders. As phrased in the lyric "I ain't gonna live forever, I just wanna live while I'm alive" this shows their independence and how they want to live normal lives. S. and the other women are war hero's because after all they have suffered from they will now be able to live again. Of course nothing will ever be the same but this song can represent how they should live their life to the fullest and not be intimidated any longer.

A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah ​

Above, you can find the lyrics for the song "War Child" by the Cranberries. Here is a link to listen to an mp3 of the song. Click Here.
You made this work, but it would have made more sense to place this directly above or below the song lyrics it refers to.

S. - Slavenka Drakulic

"War Hero"

This song represents being a War Hero because it is showing how they want to represent their town. Lyric: "You know it goes with the territory When you run the night." I believe this lyric in the song shows how when you are fighting for your country you have the determination you need to be considered a war hero. I believe S. is a war hero because she is determined to be going back home and trying to make the best out of the situation that is given to her.

Source information for this song? Artist? Songwriter?


A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah

I believe this video is a really good representation of a "War Hero." This video shows the every day environment that surrounds those who are in the middle of war, and also the lives of the loved ones, who are missing their family; due to War. The song and video represent strength, perseverance, and not giving - up. Ishmael shows strength, perseverance, and not giving - up in A Long Way Gone.


S. - Slavenka Drakulic

I think that this picture represents a true war hero because these women are staying strong being forced to do things that they don't want to do. This picture reminds me of the "women's cabin" throughout S. As different as all the women are they are all in the same position and need to stick together.

Image source?

The Marine Sniper - Charles Henderson

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The Marine Sniper-Charles Henderson

I think this photo is a great representation of what it means to be a war hero. Because these men are running under fire and that takes a lot of courage and bravery to do that.

Image source? It takes courage to run under fire? I think fear might also be a motivating factor.

A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah


​ I believe that the cover picture of this book, is one of the best representations of a "War Her." You can see how malnurished Ishmael is, because he is so skinny, and yet he is still pushing through and working. His clothes are old, his shoes are worn out, he has things to carry at his side, and a knife attatched to him. This picture shows him perservering, and I think it is a great representation of a true "War Hero."

How do you know that the picture is of Ishmael?

The Marine Sniper
- Charles Henderson

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I think this photo is a great repersentation of what Carlos Hathcock would have been doing as a Marine Sniper. You must be a hero if you put your life on the line to go into enemy territory to stalk them and kill them. Hathcock is a true war hero.

Image source? The terrain he fought in did not look like this.


war poem

This poem by Dani Aronovitz shows that heros of war can be many different people. There are many different situations that can cause you to become a hero. S and the girls in the "women's cabin" aren't typical war hero soldiers but are hero's with their part in the war.

Can you explain this further? Who are the heroes of her poem? Why are they different?


A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah

Book - Quotes: Beah, Ishamel. A Long Way Gone. New York: Sarah Crichton Books, 2007.

Internet - Pictures: "A Long Way Gone." My Dear Book. 15 Mar. 2010. <>

S. - Slavenka Drakulic

Drakulic, Slavenka. S. United States: Penguin Books, 2001.

Marine Sniper - Charles Henderson