“A happy childhood is one of the best gifts that parents have their power to bestow”(Mary Cholmondeley).Someone’s youth can determine what kinds of paths or decisions someone makes. Childhood is an important time in a person’s life. Many kids do not get to have a happy and long childhood because it was cut short for various reasons. Poverty, war, sickness, and a bad homelife are some ways someone’s childhood could be cut short. Patsy Barnes from “The Finish of Patsy Barnes” by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Joby from ”The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” by Ray Bradbury both experienced having their childhoods cut short. Patsy is a 14 year old African American boy that went through a drastic change when he moved from the South, to Dalesford. His father died when he was 13 and he now has to take care of his sick mother. Patsy is determined to ride the son of the horse that his father died riding.Joby is a 14 year old boy who is a drummer boy during the Civil
At the beginning of the novel, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon’s life dramatically changed. The teenager was arrested and charged with the murder of a Harlem drugstore owner. Although Steve was presumably not the actual killer, his role as a supposed "lookout" for the gang that committed the crime ultimately landed him in prison. With regards to this, past events can have a major effect on the present values or attitudes of a character. Moreover, Steve’s past experience has contributed to the novel’s themes- peer pressure, introspection, race and the justice system.
Two men have the same name, with completely different lives and futures. The Other Wes Moore is about two men with the same name but completely experiences in life. The author Wes goes into military school which changes his life. The “other” Wes stays in the drug business and ends up in prison. The Similarities and Differences pertaining to Family Life and role models of both Moores were described in The Other Wes Moore.
“Like, when I step outside myself kinda, and when I, when I look at myself, you know? And I see me and I don’t like what I see, I really don’t.” Anthony Michael Hall played the role of the brainiac, Brian Johnson, in The Breakfast Club. Likewise, Brian is portrayed as the typical “nerd” in high school; he strives to do his best and please his parent’s. Similarly, I can relate to Brian because my parent’s expect as much from me as his do. They are always encouraging me to strive to do my best and never settle; nonetheless, I now push myself to try and accomplish anything I set my mind to. Although Brian Johnson is very successful in his school work he struggles deep beneath his skin with being accepted by society.
The two Wes Moore’s may have had similar, towns, friends, and family, but there were some key differences in their lives that caused their paths to diverge as they did.
Life can be difficult to handle when poverty, crime, and drugs are the norm. In the book The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, the story takes place in Baltimore, and in145th Street Short Stories by Walter Dean Myers, the stories take place in Harlem. In both of these books, we are shown that things can become quite chaotic. These two books show us how life is in these two places. In these books, we can see the issues that these two books share, and how the issues that are present in the book are still relevant in our world to this day.
In this quote, Wes Moore, the narrator is speaking from his house in Baltimore. Wes does not have many memories with his father because his father died when Wes was a little boy.This reveals that Wes had a difficult childhood. Wes looked up to his father because he was his protector. Wes’s only memories with his father are when he made him apologize to his mother and sister for hitting his sister and watching him die
What makes all of us different? Is it the way we look or is it our personality? Or is it the environment and our surroundings? Studies have shown that a person seems to adapt to the people and items that are around them. In society it seems that everyone has to be the exact same, and if you aren't then you are an out cast. Most people don't necessarily like the thought of being different from everyone else because it could lead to bigger events that could cause more harm in the future.
Most people struggle with figuring out who they really are. The short story "Everyday Use,” written by Alice Walker, emphasizes this aspect of individuality. It is about an African- American mother and her two daughters. The story concentrates on the lives of two sisters named Maggie and Dee(Wangero). Maggie is portrayed as a homely and ignorant girl, while Dee is portrayed as a beautiful and educated woman. For some of my family the search for individuality is an ongoing process. In fact, my family and the family in “Everyday Use” share similarities and differences when it comes to actions of young people, the treatment of children, and relationships between family members.
The purpose of my essay is to explore how different social backgrounds and the social norms that follow affect the personality of two fictive characters and encourage them to break out of their station to find an identity. The protagonists Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye and Tambudzai in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novel Nervous Conditions are both victims of social norms. Therefore, the foundation of this essay was to analyze the character’s social background, which has influenced their personalities, behavior and aspirations, and consequently their opposing actions against society.
Starting from their years of adolescence both Moore’s were exposed to physiological altering events. The main difference between the two was which events were inflicted upon them and how they handled witnessing or taking part in the given event. From observing both Moore’s it can been seen that the main contributor to the end result of their varying paths would be from their loved ones and where they lived at the time. Therefore, the most significant third party influences that resulted in both Wes Moores differing fates were primarily from familial influences and the environment in which they resided in.
The nature vs. nurture debate is a common and long standing debate in fields such as biology, sociology, psychology, history, literacy, government, and many more, but it is accepted that they both play a huge part in the world. Nature produces a template of what an organism can become. The organism is held between the ends of a spectrum of what can be, yet it will never have the knowledge of its full potential. Due to this, the organism in question must dedicate itself to an environment in which it can fully express its absolute abilities. The characters of The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore is a wonderful example of this theory. It should not be expected for a seed planted in hydrochloric acid to grow, therefore it
Just imagine if you lost someone who was extremely immediate or someone you barely even knew. Afterall, they’re two completely different situations, but both Wes’s encountered one or the other. Many children experience this complication and don’t always turn out to be at their highest quality. Moreover, leaving them with a boundless affect, having they just lost someone remarkable to them. Although this may be true, could it affect them if they weren’t there at all. Regardless, it’s likely that all children or teens have the same major effect of a “missing” father. While maybe a couple handful of kids don’t care at all, probably thinking, “Why should I care for someone who doesn’t care about me?” Additionally, people grow up without another
There are many times humans act differently because of someone else. The outlooks of human behaviors depend on the negative or positive influences that surround a person. People act the way they are because of the external forces that affect them. Likewise throughout history, many authors and poets create their work of literatures based on the external forces. Often times, the message that these authors and poets reveals not only has universal themes, but also can connect to people’s life stories. The external forces in the poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” translated by John Gardner particularly relate the story of my own life.
Since the beginning of time society has determined how we has people should live. Throughout our lives we grow, mature, become independent, change and become who we are today. We start new friendships while we drift away from old ones, and we influence others’ lives just as much as they influence ours. When we are young our parents and families teach us how to behave and try to guide us down the correct path to fit in with society and the rest of the world. These factors play a major role in how we become the people that we are and why we do the things that we do. The play of A Doll’s House and the book Department of Speculation show the life changes that the main character goes through during this time period of their life. People will eventually adapt to change and learn