1. A character that stood out to me from chapter 18 was Tommy. He is Ishmael's uncle whom he has never met. After meeting Ishmael in the the center that he had been in, Tommy allowed Ishmael to live with him and his new family. This was the first time we really see Ishmael in a calm state of mind. We can feel his sense of satisfaction when he says "I loved the walks with my uncle because it gave me a chance to talk about my childhood, about growing up with my father and older brother." This shows that Ishmael has held on to the past experiences even after the war had changed him.
2. I think Ishmael's rehabilitation was working. At the start he was very destructive and violent. The leaders of the center just said that it wasn't his fault so he and the other boys continued to be harmful. Eventually after a certain amount of time with Esther, Tommy, and engaging in activities like the talent show, I think Ishmael started coming back to his senses. I would allow him to move into my neighborhood after signs of destructive behavior were gone which I think is likely to occur.
3. When Ishmael describes the story of when he was shot in the foot to Esther, the setting and the language really put the reader in the scene. He goes into great detail about the pain he was in and the procedures that were performed in the med center. "A piercing pain rushed up my spine from my waist to the back of my neck. I fainted." This quote is an example of the language used to describe the pain that occurred after he was shot.
4. The first paragraph of chapter 16 really stands out to me. It describes Ishmael's feelings towards the civilians taking care of him and the 14 boys with him. He said just hearing the voices of the civilians made him angry and aggressive. " It was infuriating to be told what to do by civilians. Their voices, even when they called us to breakfast, enraged me so much that I would punch the wall, my locker, or anything I was standing next to. They had all they needed to survive including food. Ishmael describes that they were all unhappy even with the resources to live. They only wanted their guns and weed. This shows the reader how "off" the boys were after they stopped fighting.