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The Man Who Was Almost a Man | Study Guide

Richard Wright

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Overview

Author

Richard Wright

Year Published

1940

Type

Short Story

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

"The Man Who Was Almost a Man" is told by a third-person omniscient narrator. It includes dialogue and commentary that reveals not only the main character's thoughts and feelings but those of other characters as well.

Tense

"The Man Who Was Almost a Man" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

In the first paragraph of "The Man Who Was Almost a Man," the main character, Dave Saunders, thinks, "Ahm [I'm] seventeen. Almost a man." Dave strives desperately to be treated as an adult. His struggle is impeded by his social status as a poor African American farm laborer, as well by as his family relationships, and race.

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