The Other Wes Moore Essay

754 WordsDec 1, 20134 Pages
“I sat back, allowing Wes's words to sink in. Then I responded, "I guess it's hard sometimes to distinguish between second chances and last chances"(Page 67). In "The Other Wes Moore" the environment of both Wes Moore's were completely different from each other. They both made some stupid decisions over time but who is perfect? It is expected of everyone to make some mistakes, in my opinion the main influence on their choices came from their environment. In their environment they had peers that would influence them to do things that they did not necessarily want to do. This caused them to get into trouble, but at the same token, their environment also gave them some opportunities to make it through some rough times. For Example: Wes #2…show more content…
Wes #1 more than just a soon to be author but a person that can be learned from and someone to make you believe in a bigger future. Wes #1 grew up without his father; his father died near the beginning of the story with a rare disease. Wes #1 did not understand the responsibility that he would have to uphold until he got older because he was only three years old. Wes #1 needed a father figure because he needed a manly structure in his life. Even though Wes already had a loving mother, willing to play both roles as a mother and father, a mother can only do but so much. Young men need fathers/father figures because they help out with the things mothers can not explain. This takes us back to the subject of environment and family, because Wes #1 had a environment that strived off of respect, he had a family that strived off of doing the right thing. Wes #2 did not have a father in his life either, his father left him and his family when he was young. The difference between Wes #1 and Wes #2 is that Wes #2's father had a choice of coming back. Wes #2’s father's absence made his older brother try to step in to make a change, but big brothers don't always help; sometimes the big brother adds to the problem, also the problem was that the neighborhood was drug infested. That meant that almost everyone was either selling or
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