Almos' a Man
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May 9, 2011
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Longing for a symbol of power and masculinity, Dave fantasizes that owning a gun will win him the respect he craves. After he gets a gun, he learns that he needs more than a gun to earn respect.
Richard Wright is noted for his trapped heroes
Ends with bittersweet images of the heroes moving vaguely North in search of new lives which may or may not be available to them...
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The Long Journey concludes with its central character on "a journey that would take him far, far away" from a restrictive past toward new possibilities.
The first decades of the twentieth century were difficult and violent ones for African Americans in the South. The agricultural economy was suffering, leading to poverty for poor whites and blacks; but with ??Jim Crow'' segregation laws, which appealed especially to poor whites, blacks were kept oppressed with limited opportunities...
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