The Other Wes Moore Analysis

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I first learned of the Other Wes Moore in the autumn of 2014, during the first few months of my sophomore year of high school. My English teacher had assigned the class an essay to write on a nonfiction book of our choice, so I read the back covers of half a dozen books in order to choose one. Even though I did not end up picking the Other Wes Moore, I was still interested in reading it one day. The question “How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence?” is posed on the back of the book, and I wanted to know the answer (Moore Back Cover). Moore never explicitly gives a reason for why his and the other Wes Moore’s paths diverged so significantly. Instead, he allows the reader to come to his or her own conclusion about the events that preceded the author’s success and the other’s downfall. However, in the afterword of the Other Wes Moore, Moore ends with the final two stanzas of William Ernest Henley’s poem, “Invictus,” with the last two lines being “I am the master of my fate:/I am the captain of my soul” (Moore 183). Thus, the reason for the divergence is not any specific event, but instead, it’s each of their decisions regarding incidences out of their control and the events that result from those decisions. In a word, the Moores’ paths became self-determined, not predetermined, which the author successfully proves through his narration

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