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The Man Who Was Almost A Man Richard Wright Achievement of Manhood Growing up in the early 1900s was arduous Families such as Daves were challenged with the realities of poverty and emotional conflicts In Richard Wrights short story The Man Who Was Almost A Man the protagonists opinions regarding his manhood differ from his mothers Those disputed opinions about personal experience competence and emotional reactions show significant differences when compared Therefore Wright is providing logical arguments about Daves maturity when events involving Dave turn into adverse circumstances All of which will dictate a different analysis than Daves about the achievement of manhood During the depression all family members must do chores or work for wages in order to contribute to the familys survival Dave personally feels he equal to an adult After all his contribution for the family is to go over to ol man Hawkins 356 plantation and work from daylight to dark with the men in the fields During each workday he completes the same amount of work as the other hired men sometimes he even plows mo lan than anybody 356 Dave considers that because he works hard from daylight to dark and is seventeen 355 that he should be considered a mature man However Daves mother disputes his manhood by taking into account Dave has not experienced reality Besides Dave still lives at home is still in school 356 and must constantly be reminded not to keep suppah waitin 355 Even though he accomplishes as much or more than some adults and thinks he is an equal His mother knows his immaturity and inexperience prevent him from b ecoming the man he thinks he is Dave keeps on schedule because his earnings are important for his familys survival Dave never asks his mother to wake him or take him to work Dave feels he is capable of getting to work and doing his job just like the other
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