The Man Who Was Almost a Man Literary Analysis of Dave

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The Man Who Was Never A Man

Throughout the life of someone they can accomplish many tasks that aggrandize their reputation, but it only takes one discrepancy to leave harrowing effects that will degenerate their character within society. In “The Man Who Was Almost A Man” Dave and his family are a destitute bunch, and with some convoluted idea Dave’s life goes from bad to worse. He is a character in the story that is immature, which leads him further into his impetuous behavior that seeks power. His ignorance goads him to act upon his insecurities which turn malicious and bring out the true cowardice character in Dave. Dave beleaguers his mother into giving him money to buy the gun. His first act of immaturity is when he shows a lack a responsibility as he ensconces his newly acquired possession underneath his pillow. He lacks any sense of integrity, and this slowly crescendos in the plot of the story as he later sneaks out away from his house to try and shoot the pistol. Once convicted guilty by Jim Hawkins, the owner of Jenny, and his parents for killing the mule the attribute of dependability was detracted in the eyes of his mother. He is deprived of emotional control as the anti-hero of the story. His single one-tracked mind determined in obtaining the gun obscured his emotions between what is right and what is wrong. This depravity imparted on him begins to relinquish acceptance of not only others, but himself. Living in content is not a philosophy Dave follows, he isn’t accepting of his own life and even others. In introducing Dave’s character he is already being hateful and believes, “Them niggers can’t understan nothing.” (Wright 1) His immaturity flourishes as the story commences and his insecurities build at the beginning. He feels the need to be superior and “sit in the high throne” by looking down upon others. He seeks power which strays him away, and the thought of this makes him believe that he can fill the “high throne.”

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