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Two children with the same name, both born in the same city and raised by single mothers, have completely different lives just by the outcomes of the choices they make. In The Other Wes Moore, written by Wes Moore himself in 2010, the author Wes ends up as a decorated combat veteran and Rhodes Scholar, while the other Wes serves a life sentence in prison for murder. While Baltimore is the similar hometown for both Wes Moores, the outcomes each experienced in the end exemplify the importance of choice making. The institutions and interpersonal relationships one encounters, for better or for worse, have a very influential role in the choices they make. The author Wes Moore reluctantly goes to Valley Forge after being forced by his mother, Joy. While Wes ultimately did not make this choice himself, the Military Academy sets the beginning guidelines for a prestigious and disciplined life ahead. However, the choice to work hard and eventually become the most respected student at Valley Forge was an outcome of his own choice to succeed. When Wes went to the pizza parlor with Dalio and experienced the drunken kids that threw a bottle at Wes’s face, Wes’s decision to not react and fight back was a test of his maturity. Instead of reacting in a violent way, he looked out for his friend’s safety and led him back via another safer route. In contrast, the other Wes Moore makes the continuous decision to be a part of the drug game. After getting caught up in the game’s mishaps several times, the other Wes decides going back to school to get his GED would be a step in the right direction. Not long after completing all requirements and being job certified, Wes and his older brother Tony rob the jewelry store. Once Wes became a father, he struggled with the idea of money and work because he made a lot more money while selling drugs than working in an hourly paying job. The…...

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