How is it that two men that come from identical backgrounds end up being completely opposites? Wes Moore takes us back to his childhood growing up, and also introduces us to a character sharing the same name as him, and similarly, the same lifestyle. Both of the young men shared the absence of a father figure, living in poor neighborhoods, bad influences, and lack of education. While reading, we question “how?” and “why?” There is no exact answer to our questions. Inside of “The Other Wes Moore”, two similar tales are told, however, there are two different outcomes.
She thought there was no point in staying in school if Wes wasn’t going to go. When Wes Moore grades started dropping, Joy made sure that he did better. Mary Moore enforced no punishments for being a part of drug rings. On the other hand, Joy threatened to send Wes to military school and actually followed throught. Mary Moore was a carefree parent who didn’t enforce rules, while Joy had rules and
My dad and I are the same person. We’re both smart-alecky loners with goofy projects and weird equipment.” (par. 29). All those years, even though they seemed like Vowell and her dad were completely different people, they had actually been acting the exact same way. The only difference between the two had been what they actually believed in and promoted; the way they handled everything, including each other’s opposition to their own respective hobbies, was the same.
This also tells us how he won’t expect hate into his life. Another thing Boy willie if influenced by is his ambition for example. When Boy Willie says “ I’m trying to put my mark on this earth before I die just like my dad did before he passed and if that means I have to sell the piano then I will”(94). He’s trying to say that the only way he can be his true self is if he is able to do something that makes he different from the rest. This hints to he’s ambition making him think that he is stuck in someone else's shadow whether that be a good or bad person.
As they both grew up in a poverty-stricken area in a fatherless family, it is evident that they have experienced an identical childhood. However, the difference in their personal philosophy had changed how the two protagonists dealt with the distressed environment. In fact, the author put emphasis on how Wes Moore’s life choices were established on good conscience. Even though he had a lot of opportunities and allurement to become a criminal, he had been aware of his responsibility for his choices from a early childhood. As a matter of fact, the awareness of the consequence after becoming a criminal had enabled him to assure himself of how he did not want to become one.
Finally, they treated men and women totally different in the two folktales. In Coyote Steals Fire men were treated way more important that women. But, in How Stories Came to Earth men and women were treated evenly. Both similarities and differences are apparent in the tales “Coyote Steals Fire” and “How Stories Came to Earth.” Imagine that coyote never would have cheated at dice and Thunder God would of found out and killed the Coyote. Then the world would never have had
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Yet The Boy didn't have this understanding, and just wanted to do what he thought was right in his eyes. The Boy also showed a great amount of hope. Whenever something seems to go wrong, the boy liked to say to his dad “We’re carrying the fire” (McCarthy 83). What this
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