The Man Who Was Almost A Man Analysis

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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. From Dave's point of view, which the story is told, the moods around these setting alter greatly. In Joe's store his qualities goes from normal to happy. In his house his mood changes very frequently. His mood also changes repeatedly in the field as well. The mood rang from happy, to excited, to sad, and also felling guilty.

In the field where he works at the beginning he works with other people who are bigger and older than he was. It appears that they talked to him as if he was a child and Dave didn't appreciate that at all. He felt that he was becoming a man
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He was so filled with anticipation that he didn't even notice that his mother had sat a plate of food next to him, fully expecting him to eat. When he finally found the guns in the book he enthusiastically said "Yeah, here they is!' His excitement quickly turn into an embarrassing moment, he quickly put the book on his knees and started eating his food. Him and his father began talking, he patiently waited until his father was gone because he knew his father would say no if he asked for a gun. He knew that Mr. Hawkins paid his mother the money that he worked for every day out in the field, so he figured he would at least be able to get two dollars out of a whole summer of work. He tried to assemble the courage to ask his mom for two dollars to buy a gun. He finally did, although still nervous, he asked his mom very tensely, you could tell because his voice grew husky and faint. When he finally asked her could he have a gun she looked at him very puzzled and turned to him incredibly angry and said "Nigger, is yuh gone plumb crazy?" He replied very disappointed and tried everything he could to convince her to let him have a gun. He told his mom it would be for his father. She finally although very hesitant gave him the money for the gun, so he ran off to the store to get his

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