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The Slavery And Freedom In Almos’ A Man And That Evening Sun

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Since 1865, African-Americans were released from slavery to which they were no longer the outcasts of society. It was said that African-Americans would be equal, but separate from the white man as W.E.B. Dubois put it, “in all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet [together] as the hand” (460). African-Americans believed that the slave era ended with the Civil War with all its cruelty, but they have not yet acknowledged that the real suppression has just begun; the 20th century has backlashed African-Americans more than when they were in captivity as Africans were excluded socially and economically. Writers like Richard Wright and William Faulkner question ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore, Dave wants to become a man so he no longer fears his enemies, “ah ain scareda them even ef they are biggern me!” says Dave (1011) He believes that the only way to cross the bridge into manhood is by owning a gun and firing it, “one of these days [I am] going to get a gun and practise shooting” (1012). Wright’s depiction not only shows Dave being powerless because of his speech impediment, but it also shows that he is fearful of his own race. In other words, since Dave is alienated from (white) society, his fears are turned toward his own racial people. He is trying to dominate over his own race in hope that one day he will finally be accepted, as Dave is “Almos a Man.”
In Faulkner’s story, the character Nancy, who is also an African-American, acknowledges her racial identity: “I went to the kitchen. [The] dishes were put away and the fire was out. [I] was sitting in a chair, close to the cold stove. . . I aint nothing but a nigger . . . it aint none of my fault” says Nancy (953). Faulkner uses the technique pathos, in Nancy’s dialogue as a way to establish a connection between the reader and the character; the white man is constantly violating Nancy’s relationship of Jesus, to the point where they are about to lose hope. She is powerless because of her identity of being a Negro and the fact that she cannot do anything about it.
Unlike Dave’s fear, Jesus, Nancy’s lover, isn’t afraid to rise up against the white man: I can’t hang around white man’s kitchen,” Jesus said. “But white man can hang around mine. White man can come in...

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