Man Who Was Almost a Man Essay

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What does it mean to be a man? How does one qualify for the title? Is the term "man" simply referring to male human beings, or does it hold a greater measure of meaning in society. In order to get more insight into this subject matter, I consulted, " The Tormont Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary". As I anticipated, the first definition for man stated as following: "An adult human being as distinguished from a female". This definition, did not surprise me, but what did ,was what followed it , it stated: A male human being endowed with such qualities as courage, strength, and fortitude, considered characteristic of manhood". To be a man in our society one must posses such qualities, along with honor, reliability and endurance. This …show more content…
In the gray light of dawn he held it loosely, feeling a sense of power. Could kill a man with a gun like this. Kill anybody, black or white. And if he were holding his gun in his hand, nobody could run over him; they would respect him"(Wright, 377). "Lawd, ef Ah had just one mo bullet Ah'd taka shot at tha house. Ah'd like t scare ol man Hawkins jusa little…Jusa enough t let im know Dave Saunders is a Man"(Wright383).

Dave's adoration and oppsetion with the gun is seen throughout the story. The way he treats the gun and speaks of it , it seems that he though his actions and thoughts has brought animation to the inanimate object, " He stood up and stared at the gun as though it were a living thing. He gritted his teeth and kicked the gun. Yuh almos broke mah arm!"(Wright378) Dave is amazed at the guns power, he kicks and shouts at it as if how dear the gun that he loves so much try to hurt him. He loves to hold the gun, he loves to touch it, he loves to feel it against his skin. An example of these actions is seen on page 337, "...He lay turning it slowly in his hands. He broke it, took out the cartridges, felt them, and then put them back…he slid out of bed, got a long strip of old flannel from a trunk, wrapped the gun in it, and tied it to his naked thigh while it was still loaded."(Wright 377) He needs constant contact with the to feel his own power. There