Choices: The Story Of Author Wes And The Other Wes Moore

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What most people do not understand, or try t block from their minds, is that one’s actions do not simply affect just you but those around as well - even if they are not directly involved. The story of Author Wes and the Other Wes are superb examples of not only how the choices one makes shape his or her future, they also show how there is not just one factor but many which contribute to a person’s success or failure in life. The struggles these men encountered and overcame are stories that, sadly, many individuals in today’s society face every day and relate to. Consequently, The Other Wes Moore is not just the story of Wes Moore’s life, it is a ____ exploring the influences of society on its populace In the Introduction from Chapter seven, …show more content…

On page 83, after being arrested for tagging with Shea, Author Wes stated, “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 my destiny—or at least my immediate fate. And I couldn‘t deny that it was my own stupid fault. I didn‘t have the energy for romantic rebellion—the possibility of losing all control of my life was like a depthless black chasm that had suddenly opened up in front of me.” Realizing that he did not want this kind of life, that he did not want to disappoint his mother, and that he did not want to be like Shea saved Wes’ fate from becoming like that of the Other Wes’ – a fate he was expected to realize by societal figures such as his homeroom teacher, who had already given up on …show more content…

In chapter 5, Joy reaches her limit and finally acts on her promise to send Wes to military school after learning that her son will be on probation and the incident with his sister. Wes feels betrayed by his mother, calling and begging to come home when his attempt to escape the school failed. However, Joy simply emphasized that too much has been sacrificed to get him there. Wes did not know that in order to send him to school, his mother had contacted every, and any, friend and family member she had asking for money; even his grandparents invested all of their retirement money into his

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