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The Man Who Was Almost a Man In The Man Who Was Almost a Man by Richard Wright the main character Dave expresses his needs to be acknowledged as an adult Yet he also exhibits his immaturity and the fact that he is not yet an adult and can not handle adult problems His actions lead him into trouble that proves the fact that he is still an adolescent who can not handle problems of the adult world The characters around Dave make him feel like he is still a child His wants to purchase a gun to feel more powerful In the beginning of this story Dave talks about how a gun would change the way people acted towards him He feels that if he owns this power the men in the fields who work with him will have more respect for him and his mother will start treating him as an adult Dave feels as if he is surrounded by people who treat him as a child and he does not like this at all You aint nothing but a boy You dont need a gun This statement said by Joe is the main reason why Dave truly wants a gun to feel independent Even though Dave wants to be acknowledged as an adult his actions are very immature and childlike The act of cornering his mother for a gun is one good example of immaturity Dave feels as though he can not ask his dad for the gun for fear of rejection a perfect example of immaturity Daves defiance to his mothers rules is another example of immaturity Daves mother agrees to allow Dave to buy the gun as long as he promises to bring it straight to her He agrees to this yet he does not go along with her wish The next morning Dave set out to the fields early to shoot his gun He ends up accidentally killing Mr
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