Expectations influence who we become. Many factors come into play when we assess the lives of both Wes Moores introduced in the short novel The Other Wes Moore. Some of these factors are the expectations that shaped each man’s life. Moore illustrates his point when he writes, “The expectations that others place on us help us form our expectations of ourselves”(126). The explanation to the quote was it will help people to see the expectation of “thinking outside the box” means that think freely for themselves with better judgment in everyday life for their moral action in their society. Expectations from others have a strong impact on the choices an individual makes, and both Wes Moore’s choices were strongly influenced by the expectations …show more content…
Moore quote including said, “It was a different psychological environment, where my normal expectations inverted, where leadership was honored and class clowns ostracized” (96). The quote The (author) Wes Moore seen in his Military School that the lower freshmen was respects the higher ranking. The (author) was very amazed that in his military school the students were respect their superior and follow their command and their honor code rules to obey by. At the Military School teaches (author) Wes Moore about learn the discipline, leadership, and teamwork. The military do care about the (Author) Wes Moore successes. The (author) Wes Moore have the stronger mentor giving him the responsibility of their trust on him to force him to change his bad behavior that impact his teenage and adulthood …show more content…
In the same way, both Wes Moore’s both regret in their childhood and through their adulthood about their mistake in their lives. This point is illustrated in the passage, “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” (Quoted from Samuel Buckett)...“Failing does not make us a failure. But not trying to do better, to be better, does make us fools” (Moore 185). The explanation of quote point is the quote is to attempt till you succeed or never surrender. On the chance that you come up short once, attempt once more. On the chance that you fall flat second time, do it again. This disappointment again ought to be superior to the past disappointment. There ought to be some realizing and some change. They cannot make it in the first attempt. The (author) Wes Moore acknowledges and tries to enhance by taking a shot at the reasons of his
Click here to unlock this and over one million essaysShow More
There was always going to be pressure on me in one form or another, whether it be from my Mom, a teacher, or even my friends. But, I learned that letting these expectations compromise who I was; letting them get in my way by making me doubt myself, was never good. And I’m not writing this to say expectations are a bad thing. Expectations from others or myself are healthy, they provide us standards to hold ourselves to and present us with attainable goals. However, letting these expectations define you in moments in which you have to step to the plate and “swing” in life is never a good thing.
4.Wes Moore the author says that “I was taught to remember but never question. Wes was taught to forget, and never ask why.” Are these things different and if so how are they different? How do they point to differences in each of Wes’s upbringings? How might they connect to the differences in their outcomes?
Many parts of Wes’s life through the “Gladwellian” lens have played a contribution towards him being an outlier. The lessons he was raised with has played a large part. He will not disrespect women and he will think before he acts. These lessons have helped keep him on the right path. Even though at times, he may want to ignore them, his background tells him otherwise. The advantages he had also played a significant role. His mother’s sacrifices and good intentions have given him an advantage that has allowed him to obtain greater opportunities. Military school has not only given him more opportunities, it has also changed his attitude and perspective. His attitude has allowed him higher ranks amongst his fellow cadets and also jobs and new experiences. Even though Wes has achieved great things, every outlier has one thing in common. They were not alone along the way. As Gladwell once said, “The culture we belong to and the legacies passed down by our forebears shape the patterns of our achievement in ways we cannot begin to imagine”
Mr. Moore’s father died from a medical complication that could have been prevented, while Wes Moore’s father was never around leaving him to be raised by his mother. The death of Mr. Moore’s father resulted in the family having to move to live with his grandparents in the Bronx. Mr. Moore’s mother tried everything, including putting him into an expensive school to keep him out of trouble and give him a chance for a successful life. Mr. Moore was still influenced by the neighborhood which lead to him being sent to military school, where he was able to understand that his actions had consequences, leading him to be the person that he is today. The other Wes Moore did not have the same fate. Although his brother, Tony, was a gang member, he constantly talked to Wes about how he could not get involved in gangs. “Tony felt his brother’s life could be saved”, but eventually Wes got involved with dealing drugs (Moore, 2011). After a robbery that resulted in the murder of two people, Wes was convicted of life in
“I guess it’s hard sometimes to distinguish between second chances and last chances” (Moore 67). This is a powerfully central theme to the book The Other Wes Moore, written by Wes Moore. For the two men this book is about, it all begins with a wide-open future. The mothers that gave birth to them and the influences they had, along with their own powerful choices, sealed their fate . People don’t ever stop growing or improving and the two Wes Moore’s are no different. Throughout their lives, they are constantly changing and in some places calling the shots. One chose correctly, and one did not.
When imagining school, some people look at this as a chance to increase the educational career of one, while others may not. But when looking at Military school, horror comes into mind, and there is no escaping from that. Wes had just started military school, and he does not like it whatsoever. He even tries to escape, though, the directions given to him by the Sargent were fake. This is a chance for Wes to change his life, and he needs to stay on track. Wes says, "By the end of the fourth day at Military School, I had run away 4 times. I had heard that there was a station somewhere in Wayne where I could catch a train that would take me to Thirteenth Street Station in Philadelphia....I had the entire plan set. The only thing I could not figure out was how to get to this train station in Wayne" (Moore 90). This quote supports the theme that in which it shows that one must stay true to decisions made or given to him. Through it all, one must stay strong, and face what comes it's way. Therefore, one must stay strong, even if the situation is not suiting, because success will be
Why did he pick the Marines as his topic? Attracted to the Corps perception and morale, Thomas E. Ricks expresses the Marines as the only service still upholding its honor and tradition. Due to society changing into a commercial society with a “me” attitude, civilians focus on how they can splendor themselves with material items—never looking big picture at all that we can accomplish as a team if we give our heart and soul in life. Team meaning everyone on earth, for we are the people that provide for one another with peace and prosperity. As a Marine, it is imperative to have leadership skills along with being capable to work with others. This book was written to enhance the reader’s mentality of how the Marines operate. It informs those who are looking into the service, and provides an in depth look into the trials and tribulations it has been through—as well as conquered.
In the novel, The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson, the author capitalizes upon society’s expectation of a character to emphasize the struggle to achieving his goals. Ian, one of the central characters in the plot line, is heavily impacted by these expectations, which hold a substantial influence upon his decision’s regarding his future. To teenagers an expectation: a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future, is nothing but a restriction upon them. Ian believes he is contained within these expectations; to the point where he does not wish to follow this given path. In a time of adolescence, teenagers are compelled by the strong desire to denounce that which is expected of them; Ian is no exception to this. Societies expectations create a negative influence upon Ian’s struggles to achieve his goals. These effects are due to the following expectations: to leave Struan for a superior education, to obtain the opportunity to become successful; to strive for a medical career, since he excels at the trade already; and to settle into a happy relationship, to raise a family.
Wes Moore did many things to prove that he was a thinker in “The Other Wes Moore”. Wes Moore faced problems and thought of solutions. Wes Moore based his actions off of his experiences and he didn’t continuously make the same mistakes. In chapter four of the book, Moore made a bad decision to “tag” or put graffiti on the walls of a building with one of his friends named Shea. Soon after the young men finished tagging the walls they were caught by two police officers. Moore feared the consequences of his actions and in the book he states “In that moment, I became aware of how I had put myself in this unimaginably dire situation – this man now had control of my body; even my own hands had become useless to me. More than that, he had control of
In “The Other Wes Moore”, by Wes Moore, the author takes the readers through his life growing up as well as the life of someone who was a stranger to him during his childhood but turned out to be a huge part of his life later on. His name was also Wes Moore and both he and the author grew up in poverty and did not have the best childhood. Although they grew up similarly, their adulthoods were the polar opposite. The author Wes Moore became the top in his class, a Rhodes scholar, and studied at Oxford University to later become very successful. On the other hand, the other Wes Moore is in prison for the rest of his life for a robbery and murder. How did these two grow up so similarly, yet had completely different adulthoods?
However, the other Wes Moore did not get a good education. The author describes, “In spite of myself, I was impressed. I had never seen anything like that before. I had never seen a man, a peer, demand that much respect from his people. I had seen Shea demand respect in the neighborhood, but this was different. This was real respect, the kind you can’t beat out of people. That’s when I started to understand that I was in a different environment. It was a different psychological environment, where my normal expectations were inverted, where leadership was honored and class clowns ostracized” (96). As we see, the Wes distinguished real respect between Shea and the man. Actually, the Wes had never seen this respect before, but he could see it now in this school. It means that the Wes could learn more and more different things in the place. Therefore, it can let him know what he need and how to achieve his goal. Overall, the training in military school helped him choose the successful life. For another Wes Moore, he went back to school after he got out of jail. However, it did not last long that he gave up the education. The author writes, “Not surprisingly, without a high school diploma or job training and with a criminal record-Wes found it almost impossible to find a job to support his growing family” (110). As we see, the Wes wanted earn money to support his growing family. In this way, he should continue to go to school to
Many cadets are between eighteen to twenty-one-years-old, and they strive to become successful leaders. “Truth” is one of three MMI’s core values. According to the MMI Cadet Manual of a message from Colonel Edwin Passmore, the most important trait for a successful leader is integrity (3). Cadets might not know if they have integrity because most cadets may not have experienced a position that tests their integrity. Further, cadets in leadership roles may not be able to recognize any leadership deficiencies, like lack of integrity, and therefore unintentionally may lose respect from their followers. This paper suggests that cadet leaders at MMI discover their leadership strengths and weaknesses, those inexperienced leaders may fail to tell the truth to their followers, and in turn, those followers may lose respect for those new