The Other Wes Moore, a story of two boys with the same name living in West Baltimore, epitomizes the struggles of growing up in a tough low income area. From a young age, both Wes Moore, and the other Wes are raised by only their mother. Without a father, the life’s of each Wes’s mother becomes harder to manage. As the story carries on, Wes Moore moves to the South Bronx, where his mom is supported by his grandparents. Meanwhile, the other Wes remains in Baltimore for the remainder of his adolescence, watching his mother raise two boys without help.
To begin with, the role models of both Wes’ has positively and negatively impacted their future. In regards to the author Wes, his mother, Joy, played a huge role in Wes life because she pushed and motivated Wes to do well in school regardless of the environment he was living in and the financial issues his family was facing. As Joy explained, “ ‘Well, your grades obviously aren’t bad because you can’t pick this stuff up or because you are stupid, you are just not working hard enough’ ” (The Other Wes Moore 76). When Joy started to notice that Wes skipped school, she needed to take action to prevent Wes from making bad decisions for his future, such as becoming a drug dealer.
Wes Moore obtained multiple opportunities and worked tirelessly as to which contributed to his success. As what Malcolm Gladwell said in Outliers, “…they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard…” (19). There are many factors that impact a person’s life, yet as to what Gladwell believes where a person comes from and the amount of effort they put into something is a big part of succeeding. Wes Moore comes from a Jamaican background and when he and his family moved to the Bronx to live with his grandparents they had stricter rules. As stated in The Other Wes Moore, “They made it very clear Paulding Avenue was their home and
This passage demonstrates the trouble that the author Wes Moore’s family and their friends go through to help send him to military school. Once Wes makes his first attempt at escaping from Valley Forge Military Academy he contacts his mother in an attempt to come home, she then divulged all the sacrifices she’d been making to send him there and steer his life in a better direction. From this, the author hopes to show that people who are supported throughout their lives have a greater chance of success in the future if they strive to reach goals that they set for themselves. The first two paragraphs of this passage show how determined Wes’ mother was to help him change his life.
He grew up loving the sport of basketball and school .As a teen he got caught up in a robbery .He was stabbed six times and suffered a four day coma . He tried his best by escaping all the drama by getting a job . His first job was at LIds .He stated that minimum wage wasn’t cutting so he soon left the job . He then later found himself doing
Significant factors including parental support, influential figures and opportunities with consequences determined the divergent paths each Wes Moore chose to take and sealed their respective fates. Consequences of being raised by a single mother played a significant role in both of the Wes Moore’s lives but had vastly different results due to parenting style. Wes, the author, had both parents only to the age of three when his father passed from a tragic illness, yet he remained a subtle influence in his life as a role model. Joy, his mother, made many sacrifices to ensure her son and two other children would be raised in a strong home with discipline and a
Wes Moore like any other adolescent has acted up. Despite the large investment of money to enable Wes’s proper education, he disreguarded school, often not attending. In effect, his grades suffered tremendously, as Wes exclaimed, “It’s tough to do well in school as an eleven-year-old when you’re picking and choosing which days to go” (77). Without developing his education, it becomes virtually impossible to accell in school. Fed up with his lack of motivation, Wes’s mother forced him to attend military school in an effort to straighten Wes out.
John Paul Pacho Language Arts 7th August 3, 2017 Literature Book Talk Title: Hoops Author: Walter Dean Myers Type: Fiction Predict: When I first saw the book I thought it was about N.B.A players and how they shoot. Vocabulary: Lonnie (Character), Cal (Character), Park (Setting), Playground (Setting), Nobody young for the coach (Plot), Got to consult my bird (Plot). Character A: Cal.
He does not acknowledge the importance of his family until his son betrayed by his father’s absence from his birthday party, wishes his father cannot lie again. It becomes a struggle in the man’s job, and in his daily life, but he eventually learns his lesson and the family is restored. The
Wes realized that his job wasn’t a real ‘job’, it was a source to feed addictions like Cheryl’s. In an attempt to revise his life, he entered the Job Corps program, sadly, it didn’t last very long. He wasn’t making much money from the low paid jobs that he was offered through the program, he needed to take care of his children with both financial and parental support, with all of these situations happening one after the other, he was feeling very overwhelmed. Although Wes knew he didn’t want to stray back to his old habits, it took the best of him, the one thing that Wes took away from his childhood was the easiest way to make money, and that consisted of one thing; the drug business, the chapter ends with him preparing a bag of cocaine with tears welling in his eyes, with disappointment for
The film “ Where solders come from”(WSCF, 2011) follows the journey of a group of friends from North Michigan and documents their experience of enlisting in the Army National Guard. Using the Developmental Life Course Perspective I will look at the following six themes of the model (1) interplay of Human lives and historical times, (2) linked or interdependent lives, (3) Human agency in making choices, (4) Timing of lives, (5) Diversity in life course trajectories and (6) Developmental risk and protection and I will then apply them to life narrative of Dominic, Cole and Bodi. Interplay of human lives and historical times: In film (WSCF, 2011) the family members of the main characters talked about the timing of the young men’s decision to join the National Guard.
He asks that Hester tell the townspeople who the father is and she refuses. Arthur spends the rest of the book losing his mind over the deal. He punishes himself by not sleeping and whipping himself in private where no one can see (Hawthorne 135.). This is clearly a dark reference, and Arthur does this to himself because he believes he has done wrong. Later in the book he preaches on many occasions about how he is a sinner.
The Other Wes Moore: Part One -- In class The Other Wes Moore, the story written by Wes Moore himself, uncovers two drastically different life stories of two people with the same name. Specifically, this book shows of how different life choices the two protagonists made is determined by the society and social influences. Especially, the mother figure and the ways the protagonists dealt with the social environment had created a significant difference between the life experiences of the two men.
Out of all the confusion in his life and not knowing where to fit Wes’ grades began to drop and he started to become unconfident of his abilities. His mother started to threaten him that she will send him to military school. Although he did not take is seriously, his friend Justin did. Justing advise him to concentrate in school.
He was just about to start elementary school, and since the community was not great in any sense, she was not sure if he would be safe. However, the school district looked just a small amount better than hers, his home was slightly larger than his mother’s childhood house, and he certainly had more love from his parent than Ms. Hughes ever had from her parents. Ms. Hughes realized that after persevering through many of life’s obstacles, she had cleared a better pathway for her and her son than the one that her parents’ paved for her. She now felt a sense of pride. Her relentless spirit had done helped her succeed.