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In "The Sky Is Gray" by Ernest J. Gaines and "Almos' A Man" by Richard Wright, both main characters display different degrees of maturity. In "The Sky Is Gray" Gaines reveals how poverty has induced James's maturity to rise, while at "Almos' A Man" Wright reveals how Dave attempts to prove his maturity by purchasing a gun. The elements that affect and help to shape James and Dave into guys include both their environment and interactions together and discipline of their moms. In "The Sky Is Gray" James shows his adulthood early on when he is waiting at the bus stop with his mum to visit the dentist's office. His head was on his mother and whether she'd left enough wood to keep the family warm, if it was going to rain, and in the event the hog was likely to escape. He knew that his mother would not be worrying about those things if he had been there to care for the family and everything else. During the remainder of the narrative, there are many other instances where James's reveals his adulthood from drifting in the bitter cold, to the confrontation between his mom and the pimp in the caf&. Being has instructed James to become appreciative. More importantly, he's learned that the decisions he makes impact not just him, but everybody around him. By comparison, Dave is the complete reverse. His immaturity is revealed in the opening paragraph of this narrative when he says, "A man oughta have a little gun aftah he done worked hard all day" He doesn't have a legitimate reason for wanting to have a gun, but feels like a gun will make him a guy and earn him respect. His immaturity is further disclosed when he inadvertently shoots Mr. Hawkins's mule. Rather than confessing, he lies in the episode by telling him that the mule fell o.. .