Essay on The Other Wes Moore: The Impact of Family

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The Other Wes Moore: The Impact of Family
Many people would say we are all just products of our environment. For two young boys from Baltimore, this could not be truer. In “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” written by Wes Moore, two fatherless, young boys growing up in the same neighborhood with the same name, end up on two entirely different paths of life. The author becomes a Rhodes Scholar, college graduate, veteran, and much more, while the “other” Wes gets deeply involved with the drug game and spends most of his life in trouble with the law. When these boys come from such similar backgrounds, how is it that they take such different journeys in life? The reason why one Wes Moore became mixed up with drugs and the law, and
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Wes was successful, and therefore his son wanted to be successful. Bernard was no example of a father figure to Wes. During his first encounter with his son, he was drunk and sleeping on his mother’s couch. Tony, Wes’s brother, was more of a father figure for Wes than Bernard could ever hope to be. He was always there trying to help Wes, but he was as much of a hypocrite as Mary was. He set a terrible example by being involved in the drug trade. Their parents set the expectations for their lives, which is why one Wes was successful and the other was a criminal. Wes’s parents held him to higher standards than the “other” Wes’s parents did. Joy and Wes were both college graduates who had steady careers. They were ambitious people, and that can be seen in the way they raised Wes. He has graduated college, travelled, and worked in some of the most interesting places. That is because he had an idea of how to live life from the example his parents set. The “other” Wes’s parents set him up for failure. Mary did drugs, making herself a hypocrite that Wes wouldn’t listen to. Bernard didn’t even care enough to make himself a part of Wes’s life. Wes was surrounded by a mother who did drugs, a drunken father, and a brother who was involved in the drug business already. Wes had hardly any chance of succeeding in life. Each of the boys’ family situations had a massive impact on who they each became in

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