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The motif I have been following throughout the memoir was violence Inthe beginning of the book violence only occurred in Ishmaels thoughtsand fears As the war became more apart of Ishmaels life it changedhis view on life and who he was as a person Violence changed indifferent ways over the long journey Ishmael experienced not only bychanging him but changing his thoughts Along with Ishmael the othersoldiers also got caught up in the violence from the war and theviolence they created themselves I think that the author has an impliedmessage from the motif The message may be that violence and revengewill never solve anything While reading the memoir its easy tounderstand that Ishmaels life now revolves around violence and it neverfully comes to an end The message may also be to inform the reader thatviolence is unnecessary and a waste of time For example Ishmael spentseveral years of his life fighting and causing violence when in the endhe was never satisfied He realized that there is much more to life thanthe war life he used to live I think the author may have thought thismotif was important to include in the memoir to give an insight to thereader on what others are going through in another part of the world Itis important to know how much violence has affected peoples livesduring the war and how others are joining in this violence Thefrustration of escaping from the two groups of people causing violenceand trying to find peace instead is what Ishmael has gone throughmultiple times and the author included the message of how serious thisviolence is occurring
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