The Movie ' The Other Wes Moore '

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“The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine, the tragedy is that my story could have been his.” (Moore xi) “The Other Wes Moore,” by Wes Moore, focusses on two boys by the name of Wes Moore that were born blocks apart, within the same year, in Baltimore during the 1980’s. Both grew up fatherless in similar neighborhoods; both ran into trouble. But one became a Rhodes Scholar, while the other was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Although he grew up in a rough neighborhood and was around violence and drugs, Wes had the ability to change his life around with the help and support his mother, family, and military school lieutenants were able to give him. Many people influenced Wes, the author, throughout his life, but the person whom I feel influenced him the most was his mother. Throughout Wes’ life, his mother did everything in her power to give her children a better life, one where they could succeed. After moving to the Bronx, his mother worked multiple jobs to give him the opportunity to go to a good private school. “My mother saw Riverdale as a heaven, a place where I could escape my neighborhood. But for me, it was were I got lost. (48). Attending Riverdale made him feel excluded and changed his attitude towards school. He soon began not attending school on a regular basis and getting into trouble. After being on academic probation, his mother sent him to military school. By the fourth day at military school, he had tried to run away…

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