Areon Uglyass Mitchell 23 August 2016 The nonfiction narrative, The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore is about two African American men who both go by the name Wes Moore. These young men have a very similar background, which caused Moore to be fascinated about both of their lives. Despite having a similar background, one man had more success than the other. Moore created this narrative and started to examine his life in juxtapose to the other Moore’s life.
The story of two men growing up in the same neighborhood with similar backgrounds with the same name and eerily similar circumstances that leads and ultimately has each character ending up in very different places in life. Taking completely different paths to their futures is the setting of this story “The Other Wes Moore”. The way a person is shaped and guided in their developmental years does undoubtedly play a huge role in the type of person they will become in life. The author Wes does a good job of allowing you the ability to read this story and the circumstances surrounding the character his mother joy played such an important role in his success, while comparing the roll of Mary the other Wes’s mother. Both boys grew up with strong, hardworking black women in their lives and yet it still allowed for two completely different journeys. I think the lack of fathers and having not so good male role models was also a contributing factor.
To be able to influence a positive or negative light in someone’s life is what means to be a role model. Both the author and convict were born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. The two controversially named Wes Moore, were like each other until role models were introduced into their lives. There were many people that influence the author and convict to make their life choices. People like Captain T.Y Hilton, as a influence for the author and Tony for the convict. Role models and their capabilities to influence others actions are the reason that both Wes’ lives are different. I'll be explaining how these people influence their situations, starting by talking about the author role models first.
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
People in their lives may confront different challenges, difficulties, and opportunities; their choices and decisions significantly influence their paths in life. Their abilities to making right choices are determined by many factors, including family, neighborhood, education, personal responsibility, age, environment, religion, media, others’ expectations, etc. Even two people, who have identical names, live similar circumstances, they have two different fates. Wes Moore (2011), in his book “The Other Wes Moore,” tells a story of how and why the other Wes Moore and himself had different lives. Even though the author Wes and the other Wes both grew up in Baltimore, their different choices, which were influenced by their families, friendship,
“The Other Wes Moore One Name, Two Fates” written by Wes Moore is a New York Bestseller. Moore talks about how two boys with the same name, who lived a few blocks apart grew up in the same type of community and had different outcomes in their life. Both of the boys were fatherless, were troubled in their child hood, and basically hung out with their friends on street corners. However, one of the Wes Moore became a business leader and the other one ended up serving a life sentence in jail. This book relates to me because it talks about how the boys had problems hanging with the wrong crowd, how they got in trouble with the law.
The role of mothers played a role in the development of the both characters, and this is shown plenty of times throughout the story. Both Wes Moores didn't really have a father. The authors father ended up dying when the author was at a young age, and the other Wes moore's father left him. That just leaves the mom for raising both Wes Moores which played a major role in development. "My mother decided soon after our move to the Bronx that I was not going to public school." This quote is proof of how the author had more chances because of his mother which was a role in development in both Wes Moores. The other Wes had more freedom since his mom worked a lot but was still poor so this inspired him to join the drug game. The author's mom decided
The Other Wes Moore is a story of resilience and defeat that follows the lives of two men from birth to adulthood. It provides context about both the families of Wes Moore and their individual experiences, going so far as to look at the story of Wes Moore’s mother and her struggle to gain an education. One of the blatant similarities between both Wes’ is the fact that neither of them grew up with their father active in their lives. In one case Wes’ father, “spent most of his time searching for himself at the bottoms of liquor bottles” and was never a real part of his son's life (Moore 23). Even though the book emphasizes the similarities between both Wes Moores, the story quickly diverges during their elementary school years. Although one
Malcolm Gladwell once said, “...people who are outliers—in men and women who, for one reason or another, are so accomplished and so extraordinary and so outside of ordinary experience that they are as puzzling to the rest of us as a cold day in August.” The author, Wes Moore, of the book, The Other Wes Moore, is considered an outlier through the “Gladwellian” lens based off of Gladwell’s book, Outliers. Wes’s story demonstrates objectives that define him as an outlier with the contributions of where he’s from, his advantages, and also his attitude over his ability. These contributions therefore define him as an outlier through the “Gladwellian” lens.
In my opinion, people should take the blame for our own mistakes. Our parents raised us but we make our own choices. Our parents may have raised us but it’s our responsibility to make the right choice. As we come into adulthood, we must learn to take responsibility for our actions and accept the consequences that follow. We must deal with our consequences and avoid putting the blame on others. In the book, The Other Wes Moore, Inmate Wes’s mother tried several different things to keep him away from drugs and drug dealing. She worked and moved her residence several times in order to keep him out of the drug path. Unfortunately, he always found his way toward drug involvement.