In such a context, the biological positivism is also applicable to the two cases discussed above. To put it more precisely, the two men named Wes Moore could have made their choices because of their inherited inclinations. However, the biological positivist perspective is not reliable in terms of the explanation of choices individuals make.
In fact, the biological positivism can explain the life of the two main characters of the book and their choices by their inherited inclinations to criminal and non-criminal behavior but this theory does not take into consideration conscious personal choices made by individuals. For instance, the author of the book writes that he faced the temptation of committing a crime frequently.
Therefore, he made his choice of not committing a crime consciously that is apparently the manifestation of self control. In this regard, the social control theory is more relevant to explain why the author of the book has not become a criminal, while his antagonist has become one. In addition, the biological positivism cannot be fully applied to the case of the two main characters of the book because it is extremely difficult to trace their inheritance, while even a genetic analysis cannot uncover whether an individual is inclined to criminal activities or not.
For instance, crime rates in the neighborhood, where the two men lived are high. Therefore, it is possible to presuppose that the risk of having an offender of offenders in the family history is quite high. Nevertheless, people still do make different choices as is the case of the two main characters of the book. Consequently, the life of the main characters and their choices cannot be fully explained from the biological positivist perspective.
At any rate, such explanation gives insights toward possible reasons why the author has never a criminal, while the antagonist of the book has become one, but such explanation is quite insufficient and superficial. Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that the book The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore conveys the story of the author, who has become the war hero and successful politician, and the man, who has the same name but has become the offender sentenced to life sentence.
The striking difference between the two men can be viewed from different perspectives and explained by different factors. For instance, the difference between them may be viewed from the biological positivist perspective, which explains the criminal inclinations of people by their inheritance.
However, this perspective does not give the full and sufficient explanation of the difference between the author and his antagonist. Do you think both mothers tried their best? Is there anything that either of them could have done differently? Do you think one Wes Moore had a stronger family unit or a better support system while growing up? Outside of his family, who warned author Wes Moore about the bad path he was on?
What allowed author Wes Moore to go to better schools than prisoner Wes Moore? They were about anger and hurt so extreme that rational thought was thrown out the window — these were people so deranged by frustration that they were burning down their own neighborhood.
Author Wes Moore talks about the Bronx in the s and early s as an apocalyptic place to be with drugs, burned out buildings, and crime everywhere. Are there still cities like this today? What causes cities to crumble like this? How does living in a neighborhood like this affect a person? Were you surprised by how young they were? What kind of crimes was author Wes Moore into?
What about prisoner Wes Moore? What was your first impression of author Wes Moore? What about your first impression of prisoner Wes Moore? How did each Wes Moore respond to danger and aggression? Were their reactions the same? How did Tony try to dissuade prisoner Wes Moore from following his illegal path? The Sergeant then leaves to make Wes think he has won this battle between the two of them.
Sadly, Wes Moore is mistaken. The other Wes Moore has many educational experiences as well, just not over the same topics. Yes, the author and the other Wes Moore both learn how to let no one trample over them, they do it in about completely opposite ways. The author does it by going to military school to get some discipline for himself and to stand up for what he believes in. The Other Wes Moore does it by violence and intimidation.
The turning point of both the characters is different from each other. The author turns around his viewpoints in military school and learns discipline. The Other Wes Moore, however, is when he and his brother Tony are on the run from the cops for killing the police officer. The author chooses to turn his life around while the Other Wes Moore decides to keep heading down hill.
The Other Wes Moore could have easily been just as successful as the author. If the Other Wes Moore had a little bit of discipline like the author does in his life time, he would have had a better chance at having a different life, like one that does not have his behind bars for as long as he lives.
Also, if the cops would have caught him sooner in his drug gangs, before he was really deep in them and did not have the guilt of killing someone, he could have had a less of a punishment and turned his life around when he got out of prison. The gang helps Wes kill Ray and if he never got involved in the first place he would not have been capable of killing him.
In the case of Wes Moore and the other Wes Moore the different role models they had played a large role in shaping who they became and why they turned out so differently.
The other Wes Moore has many educational experiences as well, just not over the same topics. Yes, the author and the other Wes Moore both learn how to let no one trample over them, they do it in about completely opposite ways.
Comparative Essay: The Other Wes Moore The Other Wes Moore is a tale of to young boys growing up within the streets of Baltimore. Both kids fatherless, facing the struggles of poverty and the criticisms of the black community. Book Discussion Questions: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. Posted November 13, by MPPL. SPOILER WARNING: These book discussion questions are highly detailed and will ruin plot points, if you have not read the book.
"The Other Wes Moore" by Wes Moore is the story of two black men who have a lot in common. The same name, lived in the same city of Baltimore, but whose lives took two completely different paths. In The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore, this concept is brought to light, showing how different two lives can become when they go separate ways; one towards education and its rewards, the other towards money and its corrupted power.