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Both of the Wes Moore characters were held to a certain standard of expectations by others The setting of the novel took place in two similar Baltimore neighborhoods were both of the Moores grew up without father figures The theme of the novel is surrounded by loss fear hope and decision-making among the characters Mary and Joy were both forced to make risky decisions in order to help their sons achieve the expectations they would like Wes Moores mother Joy chose to work multiple jobs in order to ensure her son would have a chance at a promising future While the other Wes Moores mother Mary was forced to work multiple jobs to support her family Ironically Wess old brother Tony who was drug dealer saw potential in Wes to be more than your average stereotypical black male just like Joy saw the potential in her Wes Joy sent Wes to one of the best schools until she saw he could no longer manage his grades or stay out of trouble leading her to send him to military school causing him to become very successful However the other Wes Moore slowly slipped into the footsteps of his older brother Tony leading to a life of drugs and crime causing him to never finish high school The expectations of others control our outcomes as long as we allow them to Both of the Moores families set expectations for them that they had the choice pursue When things take a turn for the worst people cannot simply blame those who set their expectations because it is them who choose the road to achieve those expectations People should always be held accountable for their actions because nobody can force them to do something that they dont want to do Both Moores had a choice in the outcome of their lives and the paths
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