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The Other Wes Moore

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Carly Bly

on 11 April 2016

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Transcript of The Other Wes Moore

(Author) Wes Moore
(Other) Wes Moore
Strengths and Weaknesses
Broader Significance
Increasing view of drugs as "cool" in society
Multiple people involved in drugs

War on drugs
Mass incarceration of black people; easy access to drugs in impoverished black neighborhoods
Wes Moore
The Other Wes Moore
Significance of Setting
Character Elements
Significance of Point of View
Significance of Tone and Mood
Literary Devices
1. Baltimore
2. The Bronx
3. Valley Forge Military School
4. Fort Benning, Georgia
5. John Hopkins University
6. South Africa
1. Baltimore
2. West Baltimore
3. Dundee Village
4. Woodland Jobs Corps Center
5. Philidelphia Prison

Internalized racism/Classism

"I was playfully wrestling with a kid from my grade when I decided to go for a killer move [...] After the boy was rushed to the school nurse and eventually to the hospital to get a few stitches, I was suspended for fighting." (page 50)
"And every time I looked at my fellow students, I was reminded of how little I fit in. [...] I tried to hide the fact that my family was so much poorer than everyone else's at school." (page 52)

"I was becoming too "rich" for the kids from the neighborhood and too "poor" for the kids at school. [...] My confidence took a hit." (page 53-54)
"The legacy of apartheid was glaringly obvious in South Africa's cities. The institution of a legal, government-sanctioned racial caste system was overturned in 1994 [...] Government-supported racial segregation had given way to economoically enforced segregation." (page 164)

"Langa was established [...] as Cape Town's first black township. [...] It was created for the sole purpose of isolating black Africans in small, destitute enclaves where laws were instituted to control the residents and police entered to harass, not to protect." (page 164)

"Colored was a concept created during the apartheid era to further isolate the races [...] The lighter your skin was in apartheid South Africa, the better off you were." (page 167)
This novel follows the path of two boys, both named Wes Moore in the same town with similar struggles, but with current lives that could not be more opposite. The author Wes Moore investigates the experiences in their lives and how they resulted in one becoming a respected scholar and veteran, and other becoming a convicted felon.

Major Conflicts
(author) Wes Moore vs. himself
(other) Wes Moore vs. boy on basketball court
Wes Moore vs. the law
Wes Moore vs. mother

Pace: fast paced because it alternates between Wes Moores and depicts interesting experiences
Growing Up




"I saw a vertigo-inducing sea of shacks, rolling out as far as the eye could see. The walls of these houses were patchworks of wood or aluminum or metal or whatever scraps were lying around. Spare pieces of metal were propped up as roofs, and pieces of torn cloth were hung as curtains. These shelters were lined up in a sort of organized chaos; they seemed improvised and temporary, but they'd been there for years." (page 165)
"The Bronx was in its postapocalyptic phase. Whole blocks were abondoned, buildings blackened and hollowed out by fires set by arsonists. [...] I walked past neighbors whose eyes overflowed with desperation a depression, people who had watched their once-proud neighborhood become synonymous with the collapse of the American inner city." (page 43)
Alternating narrator
First person limited; "I"

Third person omniscient; "he"

Author Wes Moore: dynamic protagonist character
Other Wes Moore: static, flat character
Tony: Other Wes's brother, static character
Joy: Author Wes's mother, static
Mary: Other Wes's mother, static
"His process was a journey taken with his peers....." pg. 171
"His tribe's influence in making him a man was obvious and indelible. At that moment, I realized the journey I took was never mine alone either." pg. 171
"Nikki and I would play this game [...] I caught her and I had no idea what to do. So, [...] I decided to punch her." (pg. 5)

"Rule Number one: If someone disrespects you, you send a message so fierce that they won't have the chance to do it again." (pg. 33)
"The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his." pg. 180
Casual, simple

Slang: contributes to believability of story; Baltimore youth in poverty/ black culture slang
Author does not support the use of drugs, looks down on the drug game and appreciates education and family over everything

"He saw this every day. The people who would line up around the corner for drugs [...] because he was the one who got them what they needed. [...] It pained him to realize that the mother of his children was just like them. Wes grabbed his keys [...] he knew he couldn't stay there. Wes was tired. Tired of being locked up, tired of watching drugs. " (pg. 138)
"The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave." (pg. 181)
POV of Author Wes Moore

His story told first hand; "I"

Other Wes's story: 3rd person omniscient narrator
"Wes reluctantly got up [...] He had never met his father..." (pg. 16)
"The letter Mary was hiding explained that..." (pg. 17)
"I was dying of thirst [...] I crept slowly out of the room..." (pg. 35)

"But I was afraid..." (pg. 7)
"But Wes rationalized. 'I am not actually selling drugs. All I'm doing is talking into a headset.'" (pg. 58)
"Wes has spent every day of his life since 2000 in the Jessup Correctional Institution, a maximum-security facility in Maryland." (pg. 173)
By: Lindsay Hoffpauir, Carly Bly, Joelle Miller, Sydney Mann
Strengths: fast-paced, doesn't get boring
Weaknesses: does not show other Wes Moore's full story, somewhat bias
"Wes's family still visits him occasionally, but the visits are not easy on Wes." (pg. 173)
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