The Other Wes Moore

Nikki Character Analysis

Nikki is Moore’s older half-sister, the daughter of Joy and her first husband, Bill. She struggles after the death of her stepfather, Westley, as this causes Bill to cease all financial and emotional support of her. While Nikki has a difficult time at high school in the Bronx, things ultimately turn out well; in the Epilogue Moore notes that she now runs her own events company in Virginia.
Get the entire The Other Wes Moore LitChart as a printable PDF.
The other wes moore.pdf.medium

Nikki Character Timeline in The Other Wes Moore

The timeline below shows where the character Nikki appears in The Other Wes Moore. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Is Daddy Coming with Us?
Friendship, Family, and Brotherhood Theme Icon
Inclusion vs. Exclusion Theme Icon
Race, Inequality, and Injustice Theme Icon
Discipline and Violence Theme Icon
At three years old, Moore is playing a game with his sister, Nikki, which involves him chasing after her and “playfully” punching her. Moore’s mother sees and is... (full context)
Luck vs. Choice Theme Icon
Friendship, Family, and Brotherhood Theme Icon
Inclusion vs. Exclusion Theme Icon
Race, Inequality, and Injustice Theme Icon
Discipline and Violence Theme Icon
...However, Bill was addicted to alcohol and drugs, and after the couple had a child (Nikki), he became increasingly violent toward Joy. After one particularly awful episode, Joy pulled a knife... (full context)
Luck vs. Choice Theme Icon
Friendship, Family, and Brotherhood Theme Icon
Inclusion vs. Exclusion Theme Icon
Nikki calls an ambulance while Joy attempts CPR on Westley. When the medics arrive, Nikki makes... (full context)
Chapter 4: Marking Territory
Luck vs. Choice Theme Icon
Friendship, Family, and Brotherhood Theme Icon
Inclusion vs. Exclusion Theme Icon
Race, Inequality, and Injustice Theme Icon
...there. Joy is overworked and constantly busy, leaving the kids to look out for themselves. Nikki has struggled ever since the move to the Bronx but Shani is a “prodigy” who... (full context)
Epilogue
Luck vs. Choice Theme Icon
Friendship, Family, and Brotherhood Theme Icon
...writing. Joy lives just outside Baltimore, working for a consultancy that works with charitable foundations. Nikki runs an event-planning business in Virginia and Shani graduated from Princeton and Stanford Law School,... (full context)