In “The Other Wes Moore” the story shows how the Author Wes Moore and the Other Wes Moore are both similar, but also unalike. The absence or presence of a parent can make or break a person and affect them in the long run. Both the Author Wes Moore and the Other Wes Moore grew up having an absent father figure. “Your father wasn’t there because he couldn’t be, my father wasn’t there because he chose not to be. We’re going to mourn their absence in different ways.”(Moore 1) The father figure absence affected both their growth distinctively. The absence for the other Wes Moore’s father impacted him terribly. Wes was not enforced with strict rules nor was he educated with guidance; which consequently led to his wrongful decisions and incarceration. “Every day. All the time,” I replied softly. I was having trouble finding my voice. It always amazed me how I could love so deeply, so intensely, someone I barely knew.?” The Author Wes Moore expressed his feelings of guilt for his father’s absence which gave him a stimulation to continue following the path on becoming successful in life.