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"Maslow's Need Hierarchy" by Kendra Cherry is an article about the theory of psychologist Abraham Maslow, which shows how people need to meet their basic needs before finding the motivation to reach higher goals. T he literary work, A Long Way Gone: A Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah is about the journey of a boy soldier escaping from a war, who lost the support from family and friends, and needed to find a way to survive on his own. Similarly, The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir by Farah Ahmedi and Tamin Ansary is a story of a young Afghani women who become a refugee and a survivor from the war before she got the chance to escape to America. Both authors lost their family in different ways at the beginning of their journey; afterwards, the loss of their family's protection forced them to be more mature. Finally, through challenges and trials they ended up having a happy and successful life. Before Beah started his journey, he was a joyful teenage boy who lived happily with his family just like other ordinary children until a war started in his country and reached his village. As he was on the way to a friend's talent show out from his village with his brother, t he war reached to the place and sepa rated Beah from his family, also forced him to face unpr edictable challenges. Losing the family's protection made him braver in order to stay alive. The lack of love and belonging from Beah transformed him from a joyful child to a depressed and hopeless person. The study of Maslow's law explains that, "At this level, the need for emotion relationships drives human behavior" (Cherry 2). This experience brought an important skill for Beah to continuously survive in the war. Beah's journey made him feel his life had collapsed when he said, "It was during that attack in the village of Kamator . It was the last time I saw Junior" (43). The loss of his brother, who was the last family member after losing his parents made him to become hopeless. As a final point Beah was forced t o start his journey in the war. A t the same time , he had to uplift himself from the loss of love to stay alive. Ahmedi got to choose either to leave her family or not during her journey . T he decision she has made had brought the feeling of loneliness to her. The delightful living Ahmedi had with her parents' protection had casted until the day she passed a shortcut to school. It was a landmine explosion that made her lose her leg. To have a better medical support, Ahmedi was recommended to cure her wound in German y . Though she was the one who made the decision to go to Germany, she felt the loss of the love and belonging. This created a problem of dealing with loneliness just as mentioned in Maslow's theory, "…to avoid problems such as lo neliness, depression, and anxiety, it is important for people to feel loved and accepted by other " (Cherry 2). The loss of love had changed Ahmedi's behavior after she needed to leave her family. The doctor from the local hospital told her, "That's not how it works. They won't take your mother, only you. You have to go alone" ( Ahmedi and Ansary 51). Ahmedi's injure made her decided to go to Germany alone, and this decision caused the loneliness of her. Moreover, it made Ahmedi became a braver women. Being brave was one of the survival skills Ahmedi had, while she was in a foreign country and away from the comfort zone her family provided for her in the old days. After losing the love and bel onging from his family Beah had tried to meet his physiological needs , so he can survive t hrough the bad condition he was experiencing. It was necessary for him to meet these criteri a, such as the ideas of Maslow demonstrate, "…things that are vital to our survival" (Cherry 2). Without meeting this need it is impossible for Beah to
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