Struggles of Two Black Men with Similar Pasts in The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

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I Am Wes Moore The Other Wes Moore illustrates the challenges of two young black men who grew up around the same neighborhood and who were raised in similar problematic circumstances. “The sudden moments of decision where our paths diverge and our fates are sealed,” Wes Moore, the author stated in his book (Moore 6). Even though parts of their lives reflected one another, their upbringings and decisions directed them into extremely different lives. Everyone endures challenging times and struggles in their lives. People go through grief, addiction, loneliness, pain and all kinds of hardships through important points in their lives; these tragic and painful moments help mold an individual. The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore taught me…show more content…
She was a strong willed woman. She made a deal with herself- “she would get her education and leave the neighborhood no matter what it took” (Moore 19).Wes Moore’s mom sent him to a private school to keep him away from the hard life that he was living in streets. The inmate’s mother also went to college. The inmate, Wes Moore, went to a public school where he was participating in the outside environmental drug dealing, and where he also got arrested. While the author Wes Moore was getting educated by his grandparents and mother, the inmate was doing the opposite. Both Wes Moore’s moved to different towns. The author Wes got into trouble in school for painting graffiti on the walls. However, they differed in interest outside of being trouble makers at school. Wes, the author, liked playing basketball, and the inmate Wes enjoyed talking to the girls. Wes, the inmate, had a bad influence; his older brother. The inmate was following his older half-brother steps by becoming a drug dealer. Meanwhile, the author Wes only had a diversity of influential people surrounding him that he could admire. He grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar and business leader. However, the inmate, Wes Moore, is serving a life sentence in prison.

The inmate, Wes Moore, is in the Jessup Correctional Institute's maximum-security unit, and is serving a life sentence without parole. The inmate was sentenced for a robbery in 2000.
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