Ishmael's first breakthrough in rehabilitation comes because his nurse, Esther, buys him a Walkman and rap cassettes. At first, it makes him angry, but then the music overtakes him and he begins opening up to Esther about his past. He tells her of a battle in which he was shot in the foot three times and a doctor performed a surgery to remove the bullet without anesthesia. Ishmael fainted from the pain and was given cocaine. His lieutenant told him he would now be killing the men who had shot his foot and caused him so much pain. When Ishmael recounts this story to Esther, she cries in sympathy and tries to comfort him by telling him again that his soldiering is not his fault. This angers Ishmael and he throws the Walkman at her. Esther continues to use music to lure Ishmael into therapy. He exchanges his memories for hours listening to Bob Marley cassettes. She also gives him a notebook and
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