The Other Wes Moore

Woody Character Analysis

Woody becomes friends with Wes when Wes moves to Northwood. When they are children, Woody is a positive influence on Wes, and tries to stop him from pulling the knife on the neighborhood boy. Woody is the only one of Wes’ group of friends to graduate high school, although he still spends time in and out of prison after this point. Eventually, he resolves to leave the streets by getting a job as a truck driver.
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Woody Character Timeline in The Other Wes Moore

The timeline below shows where the character Woody appears in The Other Wes Moore. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: In Search of Home
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After Tony hangs up, the phone rings again. This time it’s Woody, Wes’s new friend, who tells him to come outside. Wes has just moved away from... (full context)
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Woody’s parents are still together and his father is an army veteran. Woody is the only... (full context)
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...slams him against the car, pinning him down while he puts handcuffs around his wrists. Woody protests, until the police put him in handcuffs as well. Both boys are taken away,... (full context)
Chapter 3: Foreign Ground
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...few months earlier, Wes had been planning to skip school and have a cookout with Woody and their other friends. After Mary leaves for work, Wes searches for change in her... (full context)
Chapter 6: Hunted
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...graduation rate is 85%, in Baltimore City—where Northern High School is located—it is only 38%. Woody has just managed to scrape through to graduation along with 86 of his classmates. He... (full context)
Epilogue
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...life in prison, Tony died of kidney failure at 38. After graduating from high school, Woody spent time in and out of prison before getting a job as a truck driver.... (full context)