The Other Wes Moore Sparknotes

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The title of the book is “The Other Wes Moore” that was written by Wes Moore, and the major subject of the book is that two boys with the same name has different fates. Throughout the ECR I will refer to the incarcerated Wes as The Other Wes and the author Wes as Wes Moore. The Other Wes was a product of his environment because of where he was raised and because of the people he looked up to. Wes Moor was different from The Other Wes because he grew up living off of people’s expectations of him. The purpose of the book is to show that life is what you make it, it’s up to you if you want to be successful or a drug dealer. The ECR will discuss how a child’s education, environment, and expectations play a huge role in their life. Where …show more content…
You will begin to see school as a waste of time and drop out, just like The Other Wes. However, Wes Moore was more fortunate to go to a school like McKinley, where most of the kids graduate and go to college because the teachers actually care about their students’ future. You can see this in chapter two where it stated, “Wes didn’t act up in class…his teachers spent 90 percent of their time dealing with the 5 percent of kids who did.” This quote shows how teachers at neighborhood schools cannot really tend to those who want to learn because they are too busy with the bad apples. The quote also explains why The Other Wes saw school as a waste of time because the teachers didn’t pay attention to him, and if they did he could’ve been so much more. Another example is in chapter three where it states, “Riverdale County School…a fantasy for a public school kid… My mom saw Riverdale as a…place where I could escape my neighborhood and open my horizon.” The quote explains how Wes Moore’s mother viewed the neighborhood school as a trap for her son. She wanted him to be open to more than just the …show more content…
For example, in chapter two it stated, “The ice grille…
Tough façade is just a way to hide a deeper pain or depression that kids don’t know how to deal with… Young boys are more likely to believe in themselves if they know that there’s someone... who shares that belief... To carry that burden is too much... Tony had been overwhelmed by that load years ago.’’ Tony (The Other Wes’s brother) took this face on because in Baltimore where he lived, young boys were supposed to look tough or they would get picked on. They were also supposed to look tough because older men believed that a young boy was supposed to have a certain rough presence like they did to survive. Another example is how Joy wanted Wes Moore to get a good high school education and go to college like she did. This is why she sent him to
Riverdale County and the military school because she wanted him to get a better education outside of the Bronx. This shows that Joy held expectations on Wes Moore that she wanted him to fulfill which he did because he went on and became a soldier and much more.
Wes Moore’s purpose for writing “The Other Wes Moore” was to show how your life

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