Lucas a strong device used by many authors

Lucas DialAltEnglish 11110 January, 2018The Other Wes Moore The Other Wes Moore is a story of two different lives, but with the same name, and how their journeys have been shaped by their decisions in the past. Through the book, there are many recurring themes. An individual’s choices has consequences, Discipline and violence, the influence of family and friends are all common themes shown by author Wes moore throughout the book, shining light on each of their life journeys.One common theme throughout the book is that, an Individual’s choice has consequences. This theme is shown throughout the book from multiple devices.

Imagery is a strong device used by many authors to visually describe a literary work. In the other Wes Moore, imagery is used to support the theme of an individual’s choices have consequences. “Once the boys in East Baltimore heard that a west Baltimore guy was attempting to take over their corner, tempers flared. Tony ended up in a shoot-out with few of the corner boys.” (27-28). From this scene of the shoot out, author Wes moore uses this theme to show how being so deep in such a shady lifestyle, a small wrong turn could cost a life. This theme is also portrayed in chapter 8, where the other Wes Moore faces prison, while the author Wes Moore is successfully managing his life.  “Unlike the other three defendants, Wes had decided to take his case to trial.

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He insisted that he was not there the day of the murder. Twenty-five witnesses were called, sixty exhibits were displayed, store security videotapes were shown, and photos were employed by both sides.” (155). The plot here changes because the audience able to see how the author Wes Moore became a successful scholar, while the other Wes Moore, stays sitting in prison after making the wrong choices and ruining his life.

This an example of imagery because the audience sees what is happening to the other Wes during his trial. Supporting the theme statement,  it shows a scene from the other Wes’s trial, sharing how he is caught in a bad situation, and in the rest of the chapter the author Wes Moore is speaking to the mayor, and going down the good path of life. Connecting to the real world, author Wes Moore stresses how choices made when you are young and naive can have serious consequences down the road.

        Narrative reflection is a piece of writing that describes an experience in the author’s life. The description is based on a reflection of an event. Narrative reflection is used to portray the theme of how an individual’s choices have consequences. “What Tony really wanted was to go back in time to before he’d gotten himself so deep in the game, and do it all over, he wanted to be like Wes.

” (28). With many mistakes and regrets, Tony wishes he hadn’t gotten so deep in the gang realm.         Another common theme shown throughout the book is Discipline and Violence, and how the absence of one can spark the other. In chapter 4 the struggle of regret in tony’s life, without discipline, turns to violence and anger. ” Tony closed his eyes and asked again, pounding out every word. “Wes. Where. Did.

You. Get. The. Money?” “I made the money D—” Before Wes could even finish his sentence, Tony cocked back his arm and punched him dead in the face” also in “Once he’d locked Wes’s arm down, tony unloaded blows, striking his younger brothers chest, ribs, and face with wild abandon.

” (70)Tony regrets getting into gangs at such a young age, and now feels like there is no way out. the regret and frustration he has turn to violent anger, which he takes out onto his younger brother Wes. This lack of discipline and self control soon rubbed off onto wes as show in chapter 6. “Wes’s attendance became sporadic, and once his first child was born, he just stopped going” and also in “Wes would play videogames in the house and then head out to check on his drug operation…Wes would normally be out “trying to find a job”, as he would tell her” (110).

From the text the author Wes Moore shares how these foolish actions will further limits his chances of getting a real job and being hired and how it was and easier way for Wes to get back into the drug game so soon after he is released from prison. On other side, author Wes Moore, getting involved in military school, was and experience that shaped his attitude and behavior. “After my first sargent left the room, I lay back down and pulled the covers back over myself. As my head hit the pillow, I smirked to think that I could make them leave my room so easily”…

“Moments later the door slammed opened again, hitting the wall so hard flakes of the crusty blue paint chipped off. My entire chain of command…picked my mattress up off the top bunk and turned it over, dropping me five feet to the cold, hard, green tiled floor.” Instead of having to constantly decide between making responsible or irresponsible choices, Moore no longer has control over his actions, but must simply follow a strict set of rules


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