Analysis Of The Other Wes Moore

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“Children learn more from who you are than what you teach,” stated W.E.B DuBois. As illustrated by the quote, the people and the environment that an individual surrounds themselves with affects their future. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore, is a narrative that tells the story of two males, who share the same name but take two different paths in life. The two Moores experience similar situations, however surround themselves with different types of people, resulting in different paths. One Moore is successful while the other is incarcerated, proving an individual’s environment influences ones future. Ultimately, after analyzing Wes Moore’s novel and Terry Pratchets quote in the excerpt, it is evident that the…show more content…
However, after Moore loses himself in private school, he attends military school, where he is in a controlled environment. Moore emphasizes “As I started to think seriously about how I could become the person I wanted to be, I looked around at some of the people who’d had the biggest impact on my life. Aside from family and friends, the men I most trusted all had something in common: they all wore the uniform of the United States of America,” (132). Furthermore, being friends with Justin, Captain Hill, Mayor Kurt, Schmoke and Zinzi push Moore to be better with their support. Therefore, the friends and family who are the base of ones life, determining where one ends up rather than being predetermined by genetics. The people an individual surrounds themselves with, shape who they will become. Wes Moore is born into a similar situation as Moore, but surrounds himself with the wrong people. The closest thing, Moore has to a father is his brother Tony. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Wes ends up in the drug business and faces jail time. Moore illustrates, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink right!” (72). Here, Moore proves family and environment can influence a character's fate . Friends and family can influence the way an individual thinks and makes decisions, however, they cannot ultimately decide or lay out an individual's future, hence the metaphor Moore uses. Additionally, Wes’s relationships outside his family prove to harm his

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