This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

How Background And Upbringing Effect A Child, Especially In Wild By Strayed And The Other West Moore By Moore

1965 words - 8 pages

We Control The Butterfly Effect
In the first few pages of Wild, it describes the present being of strayed but is quickly followed by flashbacks to her past. These flashbacks are a reminder of how the story has reached the point where it opened, on the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT). This book is more than a memoir recounting just her hike up the western coast; it is a story of her life’s journey. It explains how who she presently is directly determined by who she used to be. Each step on the trail is another step forward in her growth. Her challenges in her youth created background to give her strength and independence on the PCT. Her beat the odds mentality instilled in her during her ...view middle of the document...

The defeated Wes Moor looks to West and says, “Your father wasn’t there because he couldn’t be, my father wasn’t there because he chose not to be. We’re going to mourn their absence in different ways.” Defeated Wes’s words do not justify why he has found himself in a maximum-security prison. Instead they explain how he blamed his father’s leaving as the reason for him never being a good person with a good set of ethics and morals. To extent it is fair to say that the morals of one father was different than the others but as Cheryl Strayed puts it in Wild, “The father’s job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse to ride into battle when it’s necessary to do so. If you don’t get that from your father, you have to teach yourself.” (Part 4) Yes, there is some responsibility for a father to act appropriately, but it is not a justifiable excuse for a child without a father to say they cannot do the same things as a child with an engaged father. Strayed proved that in her own journey because in taking the Hike on the PCT she was recognizing she could no longer excuse her lapses in character or her lack of paternal care. Strayed wasn’t doing drugs because of her father never being there, she was doing drugs because she felt that was what people without father who cared did. However If Strayed wanted to change she didn’t need a father. By stopping and changing the course of her life Strayed proves the defeated Wes wrong and confirms the claim that it was not the actions of another during her up bringing that affected her being a good person, but her reaction to the actions of another in her youth that impacted how she thought and went about life, always feeling defeated and doomed by her father.
Every person is a product of the circumstances, situations and decisions they make, so how they lived in the past decides where and who they will be in the future. Wild runs a storyline constantly switching between flashbacks to Strayed past and her present journey on the PCT. These flashbacks are a butterfly effect reminder of how everything strayed had done good and bad had led to each present moment on the trail and that if she had never one decision that she did make then she wouldn’t be found on the trail today. Strayed understands how a significant degree of who she is affected by her own background. “What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn't have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?” (Part 5) It’s clear that every circumstance and situation she faced has led to this point where she finds her self on the trail. Her past underlies her present and if it hadn’t been for the events that led to rock bottom Strayed would have never felt the need to push her self to find rehabilitation and to take this self-discovering journey across the PCT. Strayed is one example of how a background can affect what a person does and who they...

Find Another Essay On How Background and Upbringing Effect a Child, Especially in Wild by Strayed and The Other West Moore by Moore

The Other Wes Moore Analysis Essay

1160 words - 5 pages Have you ever wondered where you would be right now without going to high school? From the book “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore, the author tells the story of himself and another boy named Wes Moore living in Baltimore who came from a similar background and community. Wes Moore the author tells the story of himself and how his way of life was and how one choice changed his life forever. And for the other Wes Moore, the author tells us his way

The Lost Boys of Baltimore: The Other Wes Moore

1112 words - 5 pages I read a great book in my English class, I found it was very interesting and like the book, it is a true story. It was called. The Other Wes Moore. It is a story about two boys’ growing up, and living in the inner city of Baltimore Maryland. They both had the same name Wes Moore. The story tells how the both boys to had to struggle though out their life, and how they both came from a single parent household, with no father. We will call them

RELATING TO THE COMMON TEXT: THE OTHER WES MOORE

778 words - 4 pages The other Wes’ life decisions were influenced by Tony was I think negatively enough though Tony didn’t want Wes to look up to him as a role model, but it happened and Wes went. Tony was the only male he had left in his life so Wes took that and ran with it. Wes not only got into the drug game, but also had kids at an early age. No matter the times Wes tried to stop it pulled him back just like Tony. With knowing that the importance of role

The Other Wes Moore: One Name Two Fates

1303 words - 6 pages boarding school and now have completely switched up my life. My environment was having a big affect on my life. I learned from my mistakes and I am making a better future for myself. I don’t regret much because, I have gained so much knowledge from the wrong things I did in my life. The author Wes Moore had a change of environment and influences and turned out in a different situation, than the other Wes moore. The other Wes Moore was stuck in the

Freedom and Manipulation in Utopia by Thomas Moore

1573 words - 7 pages given by a certain authority, whose existence necessitates some regulations to human lives. In other words, if there is permission, there also is limitation. And in the existence of limitation, there has to be two sides: the ones possessing the power to authorize and the ones being subjected to regulations set by the others. The freedom taken from some is of course given to some others. In the hierarchical structure of Utopia, above is free and

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

1212 words - 5 pages Straying away from life as a whole only to be alone, some may say is the strong way to heal themselves when dealing with extreme grief or a major crisis . In the book Wild, twenty-two year old Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost it all. Dealing with the loss of her mother, her family torn to pieces, and her very own marriage was being destroyed right before her very eyes. Living life with nothing more to lose, lifeless, she made the most life

Analysis of the Stylistic Features in “Poetry” by Marianne Moore

717 words - 3 pages ?, including one as short as four lines and one as long as thirty-eight lines. The four-line version was so brief that it allowed for a misinterpretation. However, the longer version defines the poem with her famous phrase, ?imaginary garden with real toads in them.? Moore?s poem, ?Poetry?, is a concrete poem in which Moore?s describes how when poetry is to abstract, it becomes ?self-destructive?. This is because the reader has to analyze the poem

Persuasive Techniques Used by Michael Moore and Niccoló Machiavelli

1272 words - 5 pages examples of the “behind the scenes” into the political world and cites all the events back to how and why it is ruining our country and what we can do to prevent and/or help the cause. Machiavelli’s piece also was a form of persuasion and rhetoric’s, using all three appeals as well. “The Qualities of the Prince” is a piece by Machiavelli in which he is trying to explain how a prince should act and what traits they should possess to be a successful

Democratization Theories Developed by Moore, Rueschemeyer, and Collier

1423 words - 6 pages Democracy defined by Britannica's on-line Encyclopedia is a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections Democratization is the process that it takes to reach democracy. We have made a lot of improvements and obtained and maintained some form of democracy. But From the readings and lectures, I have

The American Dream Exposed in Sicko, by Michael Moore

1953 words - 8 pages everything and I got nothing.”(Saunders 564) She once thinks she is protected by the minimal wages as it enough for sustain her life. All the hard work does not give her the deserved result. The tragedy is no matter how thriving a person work in the United States, the system running here exploit human basic needs, happiness. Workers there in the United States are treated as one of capital just like machines to produce goods and services. When

A Comparison of "Two Sisters of Persephone" by Sylvia Plath and the relationship of Mary and Rhoda in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Yes, I can still not believe I wrote this

826 words - 3 pages shocking results, especially those revolving around the Mary and Rhoda relationship. When examined on it's own "Two Sisters of Persephone" is a disturbing allegory depicting one woman's torment caused by confusing feelings about conceiving a child, but when compared to the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" it becomes something completely different.The similarities between "Two Sisters of Persephone" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" begin with the first

Similar Essays

The Other Wes Moore Essay

979 words - 4 pages How a boy life affected when raised without a fatherBoth Wes Moore's grew up without their fathers in their lives. Wes Moore's father was taken away from him at an early age due to illness. His father had acute epiglottitis. Until the death of Wes Moore he had a close relationship. While The Other Wes Moore's father choice to be absent from his child's life. In the book we read that he tried to see The Other Wes Moore one night, drunk and pound

The Other Wes Moore Essay

1663 words - 7 pages in the Baltimore Sun. Wes Moore the achiever was so unnerved by the coincidence that it led him to eventually write a letter to the other Wes Moore, the prisoner. The resulting correspondence led to a journey of discovery and friendship which plays out for the reader in this novel. Wes Moore the author was compiled to know more, much more, a lot of elements come into play throughout the story that helps outline what can determine a person’s

The Other Wes Moore Essay

1035 words - 4 pages temptation got the best of him and led him down the wrong path once again; however, this time placed him a secure spot in prison for life. The truth is that the "other" Wes Moore could have been saved if he had a mentor along the way, someone to push him in the right direction or perhaps even force him as the "author" Wes Moore was forced to attend military school. By the time they became men they were in completely different environments, and

The Other Wes Moore Essay

666 words - 3 pages 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