The Making of Authentic Manhood
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The paper examines how Richard Wright's "The Man Who Was Almost a Man" and John Updike's "A and P" utilize tone, imagery, and language to demonstrate how the young protagonists, Dave and Sammy respectively, cannot yet be considered men. The paper describes how both boys behave impulsively and are not articulate or mature enough to be perceived as real men in the outside world.
From the Paper:"Each story relies on its tone to establish meaning. Wright and Updike are straightforward in relating information for us to decipher. Both stories are ironic in that each young man acts on a notion that he thinks will make him a man. In "The Man Who Was Almost a Man," Dave believes that simply a gun will make him more mature. He hopes his mother will let him "buy one when she gits mah pay from ol man Hawkins . . . Ahma beg her t gimme some money . . . Ah mol enough to hava gun" (Wright 1470). Here we see just how childish Dave actually is because he will need his mother's approval and he reasons that the only way he can get the gun is through begging rather than his own character. In "A and P," Sammy actually thinks that how he quit his job will somehow make his life better - especially with the girls. His hope is that they did hear him and he will become "their unsuspected hero" (Updike 1420). What Sammy does not consider is how his life will change with or without the approval of the girls. Just the facts are all we need to determine the character of these boys."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Updike, John. "A & P." The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1981. pp. 1416-21.
- Wright, Richard. "The Man Who Was Almost a Man." The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1981. pp. 1470-80.
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