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The Other Wes starts in late 2000, when 2 articles were published by the Baltimore Sun. Both of these stories featured Wes Moore. However, the similarities between the 2 Wes Moores end and one article features the successful Wes, and the author of the novel. The other Wes has been involved in a jewelry store burglary in which a policeman ends being shot dead. Even though he is not responsible for the shooting; he still gets a life term in prison.
The most important factor in deciding the lives of each Wes Moore was the family influence that they received early in their lives as well as their own decisions in life. The narrator as well as the author of the book, talks about his life plus that of the “Other” Wes in addition to how their family and decisions they made, completely changed the course of their lives. Whereas one of the Moores was able to shatter the frequent pattern of several kids living and being raised in similar conditions, the other Wes was not so lucky.
It is quite apparent how the successful Wes was immensely swayed by his family to become the individual that he is currently. Were it not for his mother, Joy, Wes’s life could have turned out just like that of the Other Wes. The successful Wes started to change as an individual the moment his mother sacrificed by taking multiple jobs so as to have him in Valley Forge Military Academy. The 2 Moores before this moment were quite similar. Moore’s own decision also to steer away from drugs and concentrate in the military academy also greatly helped in shaping his life.
For the Other Moore, however, things were quite different. Whereas his family supported him, they lacked a strong influence as compared to Author Moore’s family. They in addition gave him mixed messages, for instance, when his brother Tony warned him of staying out of drugs, he(Tony) himself was neck deep into it.
The Other Wes fell into the dangerous trap of peddling drugs-which began out
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