They make decisions and take actions to mature and become a men. “Boys live in a world with its own Code f Conduct, a set of ruthless, unspoken and unyielding rules”, stated Katz. He remembered a scene of two boys, one swinging his bag towards the head of his friend, who kept ducking away from it. When the boy called his friend “Chicken”, the friend braced himself and stopped still, letting the boy slam him across his face with the bag. “l am no Chicken”, said the boy, sending a message and not admitting the fear he was feeling inside.
Both boys were becoming men; one testing the other and the other boy proving that he had nothing to fear because he had become a man. The other West was 8 years old when he learn he Boys Code of Conduct. West was playing football with a group of boys from his neighborhood. A fight broke out between one of the boys and West. The boy, much smaller than West, punched him in the face. Week’s focus was elsewhere. He ran to his house, leaving the boy standing there all confused. West remembered Tony’s words, “Send a message”.
He was not scared, he never admitted the fear he was feeling inside. West grabbed a knife from his mother’s kitchen, and ran towards the boy to send his massage. He had to prove that he was now a man, not a child, and that no one could mess with him. Boys are supposed to learn to handle themselves, and never rat”. Katz learn these two rules the hard way. He remembered a fist fight he had in fifth grade with a bigger boy; it ended with a bleeding lip. When he got home his parents made him confess; he asked them not to call the boy’s mother.
Katz knew he had broken the rule of “never rat”. He knew that Barry, the boy he fought, was now going to come after him. The next day, Barry was looking for him. Katz was feeling ashamed for telling and he was also frightened. ‘You did ask for it”, his friend Justine told him. He knew it was is consequence, for being a goody-goody and telling his parents. In the book, The Other West Moore, She asked West if he wanted to tag. West couldn’t say no. When West moved to the Bronx, the streets had expectations.
She, was a runner, and one of the most respected young hustlers in the neighborhood. West didn’t have a chance to act like a goody-goody. He had to meet She’s expectations if he wanted to show he was becoming a men. They both pulled out cans of spray paint, and began to tag; Week’s tag was a K with a circle around. Seconds later, a police cruiser pulled up and both She and West ended in the back sit of the Alice car. West was terrified; he didn’t know what was going to happen next.
He was fearful of disappointing his mother, but too full of pride to act like it mattered. He didn’t want to act like a goody-goody. “Boys live in a world with its own Code of conduct; a set of ruthless, unspoken and unyielding rules”. Katz gives examples of how boys become men; they grow cold hearts and are afraid to show any weakness. The novel, The Other West Moore, conforms to Katz explanations. Both Wises hide their emotions and grow cold hearts. Both boys have to make decisions and take actions, to show maturation; to become men.