I believe that Ismael's rehabilitation went great. Most people would probably think he wouldn't be able to recover mentally because of everything he had gone through. All of these boys were resisting the treatment and kindness they were given. Beah is extremely lucky he was pulled out when he was because I feel the more he lived in that military life it would have been harder. I think it is possible to recover from something like this. I believe that if someone is given time and have someone they can talk to they will be able to work through this. As they said in the book 'it's not your fault' a lot of these boys needed people to constantly say this because if they don't they will continue to believe it is. I think I would like him to move into my neighborhood because he is not dangerous. Ismael is a human being and he will carry these horrible scars with him his whole life but he is not that person anymore. I think Ishmael would have lots of wisdom and talking to him would make you think about your life and how you live.
While reading this book things that helped me was highlighting feelings and actions. The way he felt about a situation or what he saw I highlighted. "I held my ears to stop hearing them, but I began to feel their pain. Each time a person was stabbed, I felt it worse; I saw the blood dripping from the same part of my body as that of the victim. I began to cry as the blood filled the room." (Beah, 164). Highlighting things like this helped me understand what was going on in a chapter.
The passage that I really like is probably a well known passage from the book, but it still always stuns me and I love the writing in it. "The idea of death didn't cross my mind at all and killing had become as easy as drinking water. My mind had not only snapped during the first killing, it had also stopped making remorseful records, or so it seemed." (Beah, 122). The thought of someone having a mindset like this shocks me and it's really sad. Beah described how easy it was in an excellent way because nothing could get any easier than drinking water. This gives me chills every time I read it.