Was Wes Moore really more successful than the other Wes Moore because of the choices they made, or was it because of the influences they had in their life that made them who they are today? The Other Wes Moore is a story about two boys with similar backgrounds and similar situations, growing up in similar neighborhoods. The two boys though, end up living two diverse and different lives. The question then becomes “what causes them to change so drastically?” because for all intent and purposes their fates could have been the same. The author gives credit throughout the novel of certain people who made him the man he is today.
In “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” written by Wes Moore the author writes about two boys growing up in Baltimore that share the same name and similar backgrounds but end up taking drastically different paths in life due to many varying factors. The author goes on to earn a college degree, become a Rhodes Scholar, a veteran and more while the “other” Wes cannot avoid the inevitable fate of dealing drugs and ultimately spends his life running from the police and in prison. This reflects how both Wes Moore’s became products of their environment as the way a person is shaped and guided in their developmental years does unquestionably play a large role in the type of person they will become as adults. A lot of elements come into play that help to determine a person’s success or failure, but at the end of the day the most important factors are family, education and opportunities. The author and Wes Moore faced very similar environmental changes and challenges.
The Kite Runner: Blinded by Guilt A person’s childhood is the foundation that paves the way for the rest of one’s life. Memorable events can trigger certain emotions in a child and, as a result, change the nature of that person as an adult. Set in the 1970s in California, the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is told in flashbacks as the reader follows the main character through his resolutions to lifelong conflicts. The novel traces Amir’s mixed feelings of love and jealousy towards his best friend Hassan. Although they each came from different economic and social classes, they grew up in the same household facing hardships, resent, and deceit together.
“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.
The Other Wes Moore In the book, The Other Wes Moore it is difficult to believe the great similarities in the lives of the two Moores, who share a name and other aspects of life. The two were raised fatherless and were born in the late 1970’s in the neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. They also happen to have encountered similar experiences when growing up, but at one point one of them became a criminal and the other a scholar (the author of the book). The author of the book seems to be interested in the similarities of the two boys as opposed to their different experiences. The story is interesting and makes one imagine what would have become of the writer if he did not by any chance come across the people who guided him to become what he finally became, the little changes in their destinies shaped out their final end.
Despite the belief that people can achieve extraordinary things regardless of their circumstances, One’s environment plays a monumental part in the chances of their success. An example of how environment influences fate is through two men named Wes Moore in the novel “The Other Wes Moore” by author Wes Moore. Author Wes reflects on his and the Other Wes’ life journey and their difficult lives through constant struggle in their neighborhood, school, and family issues. In many ways, Author Wes and Other Wes shared very similar characteristics regarding their personality and environment, but what astronomically differed was their upbringings. Author Wes was given the gift of a supporting background in the form of his mother while Other Wes had
Wes Moore Paper Richelle Goodrich once said, “To encourage me is to believe in me, which gives me the power to defeat dragons.” In a world submerged in diversity, racism and prejudice it is hard for minorities to get ahead. The novel “The Other Wes Moore” is a depiction of the differences that encouragement and support can make in the life of a child. This novel is about two men, with the same name, from the same neighborhood, that endured very similar adversities in their lives, but their paths were vastly different. In the following paragraphs, their lives will be compared, and analyzed from a sociological perspective. The path of Wes, the felon, was a life filled with drugs, anger, and reckless choices.
The Other Wes Moore Both Wes lived through similar circumstances that if one act had been done different their future could have been drastically different. This novel sheds the light on how two similar Lives can have surprisingly different outcomes when one chooses school and education while the other goes for the money and drugs. Growing up everyone has someone they look up to, and that certain individual helps shape the person they end up becoming as they get older, in the Wes’ case they did not have a father figure to guide them, but the different role models they did have played a big part in the person they each came out to be. The author Wes had a mother who was determined to guide him into the right path and went out of her way for
"The Recoloring of Campus Life," by Shelby Steele analyzes these theories and gives real life experiences of what he had endured growing up and what this generation of college students is dealing with. For some, leaving home for the first time is a battle in itself, but for African American and Caucasian students, the joint feelings of anxiety and guilt play a major role in the emotional and mental states of the students. African Americans still have to live with the assumption that upon looking at their skin color, they are inferior. The most common stereotypes of African Americans is that they are lazy, ignorant, stupid, loud, always late (CP time), and sexually promiscuous. Some students of the Caucasian race even had the audacity to outwardly harass African American students on college campuses around the country.
He did not understand why he was being treated as inferior despite being a superior player. When they graduated high school, it disturbed Haskins to learn that Herman did not receive a scholarship to attend university, simply because he was black. This was a tragic realisation that would haunt Haskins throughout his career. Once he left University, he became a high school coach. He started male and female players, black and white alike, because they were his best players and he hated to lose.