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Why He is Not a Man In the story The Man Who Was Almost a Man by Richard Wright there is a boy named Dave Dave is a young boy trying to figure out what a man really is Right now he believes that a man is someone who owns a gun Dave needs proper education about guns and needs the knowledge about what a man really is to be a man Dave needs to be taught what a man really is because he is not a young man just because he has a gun Dave is a seventeen-year-old boy who wants a gun He thinks he is almost a man He thinks that having a gun will make him a man and give him power Toughness is a common perception of masculinity A man is not someone who owns a gun but someone who has knowledge of behaving like a man and owning a gun like a man He thinks that only a gun will make him a man instead of his actions dictating his matureness to others He believes it will instill fear into others around him When one is a man others treat him with respect Daves parents talk down to him and treat him like a child when he is trying to develop into a young respectable man Daves mother says Yuh ain nothing but a boy yit in the story proving that they look down on this seventeen-year-old boy His mother tells him in the story to go wash his hands before he eats If Dave was a man then his mother should never have had to say that In our society today when a boy is seventeen years old he is almost a man or considered a young man In Daves society he is treated like a young boy If Daves parents saw his point of view on having a gun then they might want to look at
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