Ishmael Beah carries a rap cassette with him until he joins the government army. Although he has no tape player with him, it stays in his pocket, a reminder of his boyhood and playfulness. More than once he and his friends are mistaken for rebels, and the cassette saves him: the villagers see when they play the music that they are only dealing with innocent boys. When Beah joins the army, the cassette is burned by the soldiers, and with it goes his childhood.
Beah’s Cassette Symbol Timeline in A Long Way Gone
The timeline below shows where the symbol Beah’s Cassette appears in A Long Way Gone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Beah goes to the hospital, and afterwards a field-worker, Leslie, buys Beah a Bob Marley cassette. Beah memorizes the lyrics so he can sing them to Esther, and Leslie teaches Beah... (full context)