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What makes a real man A very traditional idea of it is that men are strong be responsible the protectors the providers and aggressive In our society we always hear people says men must fight for their lovers and nation men should take care of the family and man should living for competition In the essay Giving up the gun by Andre Dubus and How to tell a true war story by OBrien authors indicate that manhood must be earned through moral character Patriotism and hard work In the essay Giving Up the Gun Dubus recognizes the need to resist the link between manliness and gun owning He had owned a gun in order to protect those whom he loved For most of his adult life he had carried a small gun because it provided the security he needed for himself and his family He felt he was a big man After his accident he continued to own a gun not only to protect others but also to protect himself and to keep his manhood But one day recalling a conflict that almost led him to kill another man he decides to give up his gun He ends the essay with these words Then I felt something detach itself from my soul departing rising vanishing and I said to God Its up to You now This is not the humble and pure and absolutely spiritual love of turning the other cheek On the train I gave up answers that are made of steel that fire lead and I decided to sit in a wheelchair on the frighteningly invisible palm of God Dubus was hit by a car and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair Now he is more helpless in this situation he gives up his gun and lives without it He knows that he cannot ultimately protect anyone in his life not even the women because he is powerless and he
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