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The paper examines how, in Richard Wright's short story "The Man Who Was Almost a Man", the character of Dave struggles with growing up and proving his manhood. The paper explains how Dave desires a gun to prove his manhood and masculinity. The paper shows, however, how Dave's immature behavior with the gun proves him to be more of a boy than a man.
From the Paper:"Before Dave buys the gun, he shows early signs of not being mature. He begs his mom like a little child for a gun and even says he'll give it to his father, which according to John Loftis, could be a "tactic association... between manhood and owning a gun" because Dave's father is a man so he should have a gun (439). He wastes his hard earned money on the gun that he doesn't need just to feel masculine, even though it's an immature move to make. After he buys it, instead of giving it to his father right away like he promised, he comes home late and claims he hid it outside, which he didn't. He disobeyed and lied to his mother like a child would do, not an adult."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Felgar, Robert. Richard Wright. United States of America: Twayne Publications, 1980. 156.
- Loftis, John. "Domestic Prey: Richard Wright's Parody of the Hunt Tradition in 'The Man WhoWas Almost a Man'". Studies in Short Fiction. 1986. 22 March 2009. 437-442.\< <http://go.galegroup.com/ps/start.do?p=MLA&u=viva_lwc_main>.
- Way, Niobe and Judy Chu. Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood. NewYork City: New York University Press, 2004. 78.
- Wright, Richard. "The Man Who Was Almost a Man." The Norton Anthology: AmericanLiterature. Ed. Nina Baym. New York City: W. W. Norton and Company, 2008.2289-2297.
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