Thesis: Through the symbol of rap cassettes, the author shows that the child soldiers were what the name suggests, innocent children, despite the horrors of the war that they had to experience.
During the rehabilitation process, the rap cassettes helped Ishmael integrate into society, while also allowing the reader to see the child soldiers weren’t the monsters they were portrayed as previously. After Esther brought Ismael the Bob Marley songs, he became comfortable with her and she, in turn, helped him ease back into life outside of the war, he said, “I began to look forward to Esther’s arrival in the afternoons. I sang for her the parts of the song I had memorized that day. Memorizing lyrics left me little time to think about what had happened in the war. As I grew comfortable with Esther, I talked to her mainly about Bob Marley’s lyrics …show more content…
Throughout the novel, respect towards elders is made out to be a vital part of Ismael’s culture, this is an important cultural identity throughout and even saves Ismael’s life at a part of the novel. After walking for a long time, Ismael and his companions had almost reached a village where the boys’ parents were rumored to be, as they were nearing the village they came upon Gasemu, an adult at the village, who “asked in that manner that adults usually ask young people, so that we knew he wouldn’t take no for an answer, ‘You boys want to help me carry some bananas to the village’” (91)? Even though the boys wanted to see their parents and sibling very much, respect towards elders was so ingrained in them that they agreed to help. Unfortunately for them, the rebels had just attacked the village when they arrived. The boys were saved from the wrath of the rebels because they were delayed by Gasemu due to their respect towards