- Got caught displaying graffiti and instantly regretted it- Took advantage of the opportunities he was given to get his life on a better track
- Determined to work hard and improve his life- Motivated by his family
Wes Moore used the other Wes Moore as a foil to his own character to show that there are two paths one can take: a life of hard work and dedication that lead to accomplishments or a life of bad decisions and regrets that, in severe cases, can lead to imprisonment. By using a character who continually went back to his old ways to emphasize the success that can come from taking advantage of opportunities and working hard.
The Other Wes Moore
- Determined to sell drugs and fit in with the bad people- Motivated by the desire for money
- Got caught assisting in the distribution of illegal substances, and tried to avoid punishment- Attempted to get his life back on track, but after multiple attempts, went back to his old ways