Dr. J. madden
Eng. 1 A
10 May 2012
Not yet a man
Richard N. Wright, a maverick in the literary world, has paved the road for would be African American writers to give a voice to their stories. Wright was born on the 4th day of September 1908 on Rucker’s Plantation, between Roxie and Natchez, Mississippi. Wright’s mother Ella dies a horrible death, leaving Richard to become a man much too soon. Wrights father abandons the family and he must live with his Aunt and maternal grandmother. Wright uses his characters to tell his life story. The Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory defines the word Character in the literary world as a person depicted in a work. (“Character”) is a brief descriptive sketch of a personage who typifies some definite quality. (Macmillan 79) In the story “The Man That Was Almost a Man” Wright’s writings are figurative birth pangs of his own life, which is perhaps why his choice to tell this story in the “third-person limited” is fitting, Dave Saunders is that voice. The setting is the rural south in the second quarter of the twentieth century, set in a farming area during the Jim Crow era. To the non-discerning eye the Story “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” also known as “Almos Man” at first glance seems, to be just a story about a boy who just wants a gun, which is perfectly normal for a young man in a rural area to hunt small game. The theme of Wrights story focuses on the difficulties of a
young man’s coming of age, but on a deeper level the story has underlying racial tension and connotations of stressed family relationships...
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