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I'm writing an essay on Richard Wright's "A Man Who Was Almost a Man," but I'm not sure...

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jennyl38 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2009 at 1:51 AM via web

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I'm writing an essay on Richard Wright's "A Man Who Was Almost a Man," but I'm not sure what I want the thesis to be about.

We all know that he was a childish and not too smart but that is the whole focus of the story. I know there is some imagery in the story, but I have already written a paper on imagery in "Eveline." What can I write about? Any suggestions would be helpful.

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djwalker1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 7, 2009 at 3:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Perhaps a comparison and commentary on how society determines when a young person is "mature" would suffice. The idea of a 17-year-old boy purchasing a gun (legally) is unthinkable today, but didn't seem out of the ordinary in the story. In your analysis, include which era's approach to determining maturity makes more sense.

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