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The Killing of a Mule in Trade for Manhood in Richard Wrights The Man Who Was Almost A Man In this story Richard Wright seems to portray that black people are ignorant unkind violent and somewhat a threat to white people This man who was almost a man deserves to be called a child because of his selfish and irresponsible ways Then again if you look closely Dave really cant learn to be a man because of the way he is treated by his parents Dave is treated just like a mule Hes given no responsibility not even the chance to hold on to any part of his earnings As far as I can see the only reasonable character in this story is a white man by the name of Mr Hawkins and even he seems to be an insensitive bigot The story goes on to show Daves burning desire to have a gun The fact of the matter is Dave doesnt want a gun he wants to be a man which is a healthy want for a boy of his age The fact that he thinks that a gun will solve any problem that his environment throws in his face is what shows his ignorance Kill anybody black or white And if he were holding his gun in his hand nobody could run over him they would have to respect him191 Daves belief that having a gun will make him a man is ridiculous but as the story turns out owning that gun is his ticket out of town and his hope for searching and finding a new and better life As we see Dave stumble forward through the story we see him making very bad decisions Hes not placing trust in solutions but just in his desire to become a man That is what pushes him forward Most protagonists struggle with their situations learn a lesson and move forward Not for
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