What Are The Four Main Concepts In The Other Wes Moore

1750 Words 7 Pages
In the book “The Other Wes Moore”, the four main concepts that can affect an individual’s life path is environment, personal responsibility, influence, and expectations. Environment and influences are related to each other because different environments have positive and negative influences within them. Personal responsibilities can vary greatly from person to person; some learn responsibility at a young age by doing chores or younger siblings while others never learn to take responsibilities for themselves or their actions. Then, expectations can be what individuals expect from themselves or what others around them expect them to do. However, I believe the four main concepts that shape a person’s direction of life are common sense, new environments, …show more content…
The author Wes had to leave his home in Maryland to the rapidly changing Bronx that would later be infested with drug abuse and distribution (38). After becoming settled there he began to change; his grades plummeted and he began to get into trouble more frequently. Leading him to be sent to military school and after being removed from the Bronx progressed for the better (85). Due to him being removed he learned about discipline, respect, and himself than he knew before he entered. He even had the opportunity to play sports and earn scholarships to help offset the cost of his tuition. I experienced a similar situation when I went to New York for a family vacation. It was during Winter Break and we were supposed to be staying for only a week, but with the snow front moving in we extended it two weeks. One day during the first week went to a Mall, but it had Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, and numerous other shops inside. The shops were overcrowded to the point where there was a drastic temperature increase from just walking through the door. I also learned that New Yorker can be very rude at times; one woman all most ran me and my younger brother over with a cart. The author Wes and I learned that a new environment can be beneficial to the individuals because it can …show more content…
The author Wes constantly reminds readers that he could be in the other Wes’s position and that there was no deciding factor. However, the Other Wes had opportunities to make the correct choice but elected not to. The first was after he was involved in a dispute with a neighborhood boy, he decided to retaliate by stabbing him even in the presence of a police officer (34). He made the choice of ignoring his friend’s advice to not stab him and ending up getting arrested. Similarly, the author Wes faced a moment in his life when he decided to make the choice of not attending English when he knew he was supposed to (77). As a result, his grade in that class declined and would later be placed on academic probation because of his continued habit of skipping school. Both had made their own choice and had to suffer the consequences. I remember making a choice for myself when I was at my high school in my senior year. It was the day seniors were celebrating the annual Senior Sunrise event and it was at six in the morning. After the event students were to attend their classes as normal, however a majority of students decided to skip school and attend other events they had planned out. I and five of my friends decided it would be illogical to attend the Senior Sunrise event, but not show up for

Related Documents