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“The Man Who Almost A Man”

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“The Man Who Almost a Man” by Richard Wright, it is written in 1963. This story is about a 17 years old boy, Dave. Dave thinks that owning a gun can make him be a man. He tries to get a gun from Joe’s store. Joe sells a gun to Dave for two dollars, after that he backs home and lies to his mother for money to buy the gun. After Dave got the gun, he brings his gun to work next day, and he accidently kills his boss, Jim Hawkins, mule with the gun. After that, he uses another excuse to lie the truth about killing of Jim’s mule, but one man finds out Dave’s lie. After this happen, Dave is so disappointed aftermath that he killed the mule and lied. Finally Dave leaves everyone behind. When I was reading this story, I found out it has a lot of slang words in the story. I think the author used conversation style to write because it can help the story become lively, for example, “Howdy, Dave! Whutcha want?” (776).Even through this kind of the style writing is hard for me to understand, from the author lively words, I can relate several problems from this story.
At the beginning of the story, Dave wants to own a gun to be a man. It is for getting more respect from other people. From the sentence “One of these days he was going to get a gun and practice shooting, then they couldn’t talk to him as though he were a little boy.”(776) Dave got despise from the black men and he feels angry. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean Dave can have a gun for more respect from others; Dave can’t use the gun to shoot the black men to gain more respect if he still cannot get respect from them after he has gun.
Dave makes many excuses to lie his mother for the money to buy the gun, so his mother give him money. Even though she has notice his son “to bring the gun straight back to her”(779), it is still a bad decision for her because she cannot imagine what her son is going to do after he gets the gun, so it may...

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