In Richard Wright's story "Almos' a Man," does the ending prove that he is still immature because he is running away from his responsibility, or that he's a man for taking off on his own?

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In Richard Wright 's short story "The Man Who was Almost a Man" or "Almos' a Man," the main character Dave longs to overcome his poverty stricken life as a sharecropper's son in the rural south during the 1930's. Caught between childhood and adulthood, Dave believes that having a gun will change his life and make him a man. He pesters his mother for money and when she gives in he buys a pistol from a local merchant. Rather than bring it home to his mother, he takes it to the fields on Mr. Hawkins' plantation where he plans on practicing with it. Accidentally, he shoots the mule Jenny and, after initially lying about what happened, has to admit that he killed the mule. At the end of the story Dave retrieves the gun which he had buried, fires it four times and then hears the train...

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