The Other Wes Moore Essay

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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.
Just after Wes Moore learned he'd won a Rhodes scholarship in late 2000, he also learned about another Wes Moore, who would soon be sentenced to life in prison for his role in a failed attempt at a jewelry store robbery that resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer. The stories of both Wes Moore’s were reported 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 success or failure but at the end of the day the most important factor is a person’s choices. Studies have proven that...

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