The Other Wes Moore Essay

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How a boy life affected when raised without a fatherBoth Wes Moore's grew up without their fathers in their lives. Wes Moore's father was taken away from him at an early age due to illness. His father had acute epiglottitis. Until the death of Wes Moore he had a close relationship. While The Other Wes Moore's father choice to be absent from his child's life. In the book we read that he tried to see The Other Wes Moore one night, drunk and pound on his mother's door demanding to see Wes, but after not given access inside he vanished from Wes's life. Studies show that "children with fathers at home tend to do better in school, are less prone to depression and are more successful in relationships. Children from one-parent families achieve less and get into trouble more than children from two parent families."Both children were forced to learn a lot at a young age and in a way became the men of their households, in their father's absences. Although because of the difference in their losses of their father's the affects differed. The death of a parent can really damage a child. At times it can change just about everything about the child its future, its personality, its beliefs, its fears, its cravings, and how the child perceives the world itself. Death can traumatize anyone, but it is even more traumatic for a 6 year old boy. In the case of the other Wes Moore that had the father that didn't choice not to take part in his child's life it differs in the affects. Another study showed that 1,197 fourth-grade students were observed researchers that concluded the children that grew up without t "greater levels of aggression in boys from mother-only households than from boys in mother-father households." This brings me to the assumption that because of The Other Wes Moore choice to go down the wrong path due to the circumstances that had been placed in his life. He was only bound to go down the wrong path because he had never had a good father figure or father in his life, while Wes Moore on the other hand had that. Wes Moore only had his father in his life for a short time period but yet a still he had his father in life while The Other Wes Moore never did."Statistics have been quoted that the percentage of father absence homes is as high as 60%. However, these statistics do not reflect the number of fathers who are physically present in the homes but maybe emotionally, psychologically or spiritually absent." Which show's me that there are a lot of young men in the world being raised with a father, and I am certain all of them are not in prison either. Though the author in "The Other Wes Moore" believes that he is "lucky", one would not refer to his accomplishments as luck. Both Wes Moore's' were given various chances, to go to...

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