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Almos' a man

by Wright, Richard
Series: American Short Story Series. Published by : monterey media (Thousand Oaks, Ca.) Physical details: 51 min. ; color. ISBN:1569944253. Year: 2004
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Although Dave and his family are poor sharecroppers in the Deep South in the 1930's, this 15 year-olds problem is shared by teenagers today: he stands with one foot in adulthood and the other in childhood. “Almos' A Man”, yet still treated like a child, he struggles for an identity. There's one thing, one symbol of manhood, Dave thinks, that could guarantee him instant respect: a gun. Dave finds a way to buy a pistol and at last, is ready to pull the trigger for the first time, never again will they call him a boy…But, he trembles, the gun overpowers the boy's body and he loses control. His first shot is a fatal shot -- his young life forever changed.