The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore is about identity. Throughout the book, Wes Moore questions why he and the other Wes Moore had such different lives, even though, they shared a name. In doing so, it caused him to look deeper into his background and himself and wonder how he ended up where he was, along with the other Wes Moore. According to Wes Moore, “As I’ve puzzled over the issue, I’ve become convinced that there are some clear and powerful measures that can be taking during this crucial time in a young person’s life” (Moore 179). He had discovered that he and the other Wes Moore had similar upbringings, but the choices he made differed from the other Wes Moore’s choices. They’ve both made decisions that influenced how their fate would end
As a writer it always seems hard to write about yourself. When asked “Who are you?” you tend to dance around the question or are not able to answer it at all. In the book “The Hour of the Star” by Clarice Lispector, the author uses a narrator who cannot fully determine who he is and also cannot determine who the character he narrates is. The narrator constantly addresses the idea of inner peace and describes it by telling a story of a girl named Macabea; this inner peace that the main character possesses infuriates the narrator because he himself does not possess such inner peace. This peace is merely the stepping stone to answering the question of who you really are, in which the narrator cannot answer.
Many individuals say that a person is a product of its surroundings. And for two young men from Baltimore, this could not be any more accurate. In “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore, the author talks about two young boys who shared the same name and the contributions they did in their lives that made them turn out the way they are. Both Wes’ grew up in similar environment with tough childhood and without the presence of a father. Where one becomes very successful and a Rhodes Scholar, and the other is heavily involved in the drug game and receives a life sentence in prison for serving a part in a murder of a former police officer. This book is a major example of how certain decisions can affect one’s life. Both Wes’ had similar lives, yet they ended up in different paths. There are few factors why they ended up having different paths and those factors are; parental support and figures, the environment style, and the social influences.
“Identity can change for a person over the course of their life. Certain events can change a person a person for the better or the worse,” This cause to happen from a boy name Elie Wiesel from the book called Night by Elie Wiesel, Memoir. It cause from Elie changing his life to him being a religious and studios boy to him stop believing in god. Over the course of Night, Elie’s identity has changed tremendously. Elie went from being a studios boy who was very religious to a kid who started to die from the inside and thinking about nothing.
Wes Moore is the author of a novel that talks about a man with the same name as him and how his life varies from his own. There are three special social factors that set good and bad Wes apart from each other. Also there was a positive impact on the bad Wes when he participated in Job Corps when he was at the campus but it did not last very long when he went back home. Which once Wes headed back down the negative path again it would ultimately lead to his life imprisonment. But it seemed like prison turned out to have a good impact on Wes’ life but it will impact his children’s lives forever. Finally, good Wes has gain familiarity after writing this novel but so much more happened.
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
In the book The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, Moore talks about his life experiences and the experiences of another man who is also named Wes Moore. The author states, “The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his,” is true up to the extent in which they had different support systems involving family and friends (Wes xi). Both men had many similarities, but they had differences in their support systems that lead each one to make different choices. They are around the same age, live in the same neighborhood, and both were raised by their single mothers. The author had a great support system, and many opportunities in his life. The other Wes was constantly surrounded by a negative
However, that is of little import as his identity is shaped over the course of the four chapters of the story after he detaches himself of his old persona – he leaves his home, throws away his phone and retrieves as much of his money as possible and wonders if someone else would slip into his old life as easily as he had slipped out of it. As Mark Currie mentions in his Postmodern narrative theory, “identity is relational, […] it is not found within a person but that it inheres in the relations between a person and others” (17). Although we only get to see the events through the eyes of the unnamed narrator, he only begins to crystallize as a character once he begins interacting with others – he is the good Samaritan to the stranded Professor, giving him a lift when he needs to get back to his car and retrieves his wallet from the hotel, after the Professor vanishes, he unconsciously picks up his identity and gradually returns to life, plagued only by the fear of being uncovered as an impostor, while still feeling comfortable enough in his new identity in the company of strangers, playing along with the new game he has gotten himself into. Currie states that the way in which the author can control the sympathy and antipathy felt for characters is in direct relation to the distance from and
Thought out a persons ever changing life, the one thing that is always consistent is their name. However, sometimes a persons identity will change so much that their own name seems foreign when speaking it out loud. This creates the need for a new name to match a new identity. Kingsolvers The Bean Trees and Lena Coakley’s Mirror Image both apply characterization, conflict, and symbolism to show how identity changes with names and labels.
“Young boys are more likely to believe in themselves if they know there's someone, somewhere, who shares that belief.” Two kids grew up in the same city, with the same name, which is Wes Moore. The both had many similarities and differences. They both grew up fatherless. They both had hated many similar experiences. Also they both had different experiences with life. Similarities and differences pertaining to mother figures and topic 2 of both Moores were described in the other wes Moore.
“ I listened to my mother latest story-same fixing cars at an auto shop in Los Angeles-and I remembered how it was after Sam threw down the gun, after my mother had turned and walked away, when I stepped out of the bushes, stooped to touch each crumpled bird body, and he watched me for a while, hands in his pockets, no longer able to recognize a sister”(25). This quote, from Sister, describes their relationship which over than a family. Sam and Schiller recognized that their relationship was different than before, so Sam decided to go to another place. As Schiller grew older, and she began to see herself in the third person since she conclude not control her emotion with her family and Sam. A. Manette Ansay, the author of sister, is a
In this poem, the author describes how in his lifetime, he is greeted with the expectation of being someone he is not. It troubles him how people could so easily make judgements so easily, without even getting to know who he truly is. He describes how even to his friends and family he is different from himself, “My true identity, Is hard to see. To my friends and family, I’m a different me”(3). He explains how his friends and even his family view him as being someone that isn’t himself, and how his true identity is hidden within himself. Near the last lines of the poem he goes into further detail, as if he were speaking to the reader, to not judge him by how he seems. But instead get to know him and who he actually is, “Now please, Look at me, Try to see the real me. I’m no-one but, my real identity”(21). He asks that people look harder, and try to see the real person within him. His true identity. This form of false judgement can occur easily, when someone looks at someone one was when they are another, as depicted by Yisel Chong in My
This seemingly- omniscient narrator however, intrudes unabashedly throughout the story on several occasions by reinforcing his participation and witnessing of the ongoing events through the statement, “I was there” (pg. 67; 212), thereby authenticating his narrative. The narrator attempts to narrate the novel through the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim’s, point of view. This is suggested when an American POW “had excreted everything but his brains” on the train to Dresden (pg. 125)- “that was I. That was me. That was the author of this book”,
This essay will argue what is meant by the representation of the Other in the novels The Icarus Girl and Shadow Tag. The other is a representation of the questions surrounding identity that arise in these texts. The Icarus Girl focuses on the alternate identities of Jessamy Harrison and her struggle to find a fitting identity because of having a multi-national heritage. Shadow Tag takes a different approach to the question of identity, as Irene America attempts to escape her identity as a domestic abuse victim in the blue diary that she keeps hidden from her husband Gil. There is also the question about the identity of the narrative voice of the novel. Thus, this essay will examine how identity is portrayed in each novel.