Chapter 6. Why did people in their community gossip about Ishmael and junior? What does this reveal about their culture?
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The boys didn't have a mother at home, and were thus a source of village gossip. Their culture did not believe in divorce; the children of divorce were stigmatized and alienated. Ishmael said, "Junior and I were the misfits in our community."
A Long Way Gone/ Chapter 6/ Page 42