Throughout the story, The Man Who Was Almost a Man there were three core setting of this story which include but are not limited to the store, Dave's house, the store, and the field. In the beginning of the story, when Dave is introduced, right away we gain knowledge of the fact that Dave wants a gun. The same undertaker buried Mr. Saunders and perhaps even Jenny the mule. Don yuh talk t me bout no gun! Nevertheless, his mother was prepared and questioned him at bedside.
Hawkins mule, Jenny, to go plow the fields. He wishes he had more rounds to fire at Mr. He turned to look for Jenny; she was far over the fields, tossing her head and kicking wildly. Dave is unique because in his mind, owning the gun is a rite of passage straight into adulthood, without any sacrifices normal people make. He was hot all over.
He works as a field hand for Mr. Ah tol im t bring the gun right back t me. Instead of coming straight home, he waits to make sure that his parents are in bed to insure no confrontation. The story centers upon one 17-year boy who has very low self-esteem caused by his peers. After buying the pistol, Dave walks around the fields with it, admiring the gun but too scared and unsure of how to fire it.
Frustrated by being young, poor, and black, David Glover wrestles with the tension of wanting to be an adult yet being viewed as a child by the adult community. He claimed he met his ex-wife while rescuing her from a hostage situation in Iran in 1990. It was round, wet, red. Both being coming of age stories, they have similar features but were different in the sense that one protagonist seemed to have made a shift into adulthood whereas one did not. Dave right after he accidentally shot the mule.
Aw, Ah know whut Ahma do. Dave felt that with a gun, everyone would have to respect him, therefore he thought that a gun would make him a man regardless of his age. Yuh bring it straight back t me, yuh hear? She plays a supporting role in allowing Dave to buy the gun, but it still very much against letting Dave have it. But now because of what he did, Dave must repay Mr. When he reached the woods, he plowed two whole rows before he decided to take out the gun.
When, for example, he decides to purchase a gun, a step that will symbolize and initiate him into manhood, he resorts to the childish manipulation of his mother to persuade her to allow him to make the purchase. Wright was one of the first American writers to confront racism and discrimination Fabre 102. Plowing the fields the next morning, he decides to shoot the gun. 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. Dramatic Response Working in groups, have students script the story's ending so the characters respond in a healthful manner to the major events. Discuss the reasons behind the actions. Wondah did Ah shoot this mule? There was Jenny lying with her mouth open and her eyes walled and glassy.
If you read the story you would not believe any of it happened. The last test will be firing the weapon and showing his peers that he is a man. The rising action begins with Dave choosing not to bring the gun right back home like his mother told him to. He sent love letters and adoring notes. Ah wuzn't shootin at tha mule.
He decides to head to the local store to examine the guns offered in a mail-order catalog, hoping that his mother will let him buy a pistol with the money he earns working in Mr. They treat me like a mule, n then they beat me. She flinched, snorted, whirled, tossing her head. When his father and brother had left the kitchen, he still sat and looked again at the guns in the catalogue, longing to muster courage enough to present his case to his mother. Instead of gaining him the respect he wanted, it instead lead him to more trouble and less respect than he already had.
Do you think he will be considered a man wherever he ends up? He felt his pocket; the gun was still there. Hirpha's uncle, said: 'I have buried more than 50 or 60 bodies. Why does he think a gun will make him a man? Saunders is shocked to hear about the pistol and Mrs. After the blessing was asked, he ate. He believes that owning a gun will gain him respect with… 2212 Words 9 Pages The Man Who Was Almost a Man, tells the story of a young seventeen year old teenager, named Dave Saunders, who finds himself struggling with the need to be taken seriously as an adult, while still being seen by his community, as merely a boy. He believes that owning a gun will gain him respect with others and thus make him a man. Yeah, Ah'll tell ern Jenny started gittin wil n fell on the joint of the plow.