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The Man who was Almost a Man
THE MAN WO WAS ALMOST A MAN
The man who was almost a man written by Richard Wright is a short story that relates
to the events that were happening in the 1930s when racism was still thriving in the South. It
is a story about young boy who wishes to be a man, or to be perceived by others that he is
mature as a man can be. However, throughout the story, it is ironic to find that Dave
immaturely thinks that he will be a man once he owns a gun (Wright, 1983).
However, owning a gun and the actions that follow him owning one are immature
leaving the people in town being against him. Another irony found is the fact Dave believes
once owning a gun he will become a man which is impossible since for one to become a man
it will involve a long slow process of doing the right actions and learn from the mistakes.
Deep in his thoughts, Dave failed to see the flash of lighting that filled the gloomy
sky. However, the crack of thunder took him by surprise and he gazed into the grey sky with
knowledge that soon, it would be raining. Dave walked on his mind filled with thoughts of
how he had been treated by his coworkers. He knew he should not care what they thought of
him since his mother was the one who kept food on the table (Wright, 1983).
In his thoughts, he believed that once he owns a gun, he wouldn’t be seen as the little
boy he was by his coworkers. He believed that the gun would scare them despite them being
older than him. “I know my mum will let me buy one with the money I earned from working
for old man Hawkins, he told himself. “I will plead with ...