Review Of ' The Other Wes Moore ' Essay

1870 Words Sep 1st, 2016 8 Pages
Discussion Think about the second chances given to both Wes Moores. Why did the author become a Rhodes Scholar while the other Wes Moore has a life sentence in prison?

A person could have all the chances in the world to make their life better; however, those chances will always go to waste if they don’t do anything to change their behavior. The novel, The Other Wes Moore, is about two boys with the same name and same beginning, but very different outcomes. While both lived in poverty-ridden areas with many bad influences, their paths seem to separate when the author’s mother sends him to military school. At military school, he realizes that there’s so much more to life than the misconduct of the people in his hometown. He found role models that showed him he could become a better person, so he did. The other wes, however, never found a positive role model and as surrounded by negative influences all his life. Even when he went to Job Corps in hopes in making a difference in his life, he returned home only to find out that nothing’s really changed. This realization caused him to go back to his old ways and he ended up being sent to jail for the rest of his life. While the author visited the other Wes in prison, the other Wes states, “But if the situation or the context where you make the decisions don’t change, then second chances don’t mean too much, huh?” (Moore 66) This quote explains the difference between the author Wes’ and the other Wes’ situations. By being sent to…

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