July 23, 2015
The Gilded Six-Bits
The story is told from a third person limited point of view. This is important because it keeps the suspense alive for the reader. This particular mode of telling events keeps the reader at the same level of information as the characters. For instance, we find out that Missie Mae has been unfaithful at the same time her husband surprises her and finds out. a short story written in 1933 by Zora Neale Hurston, is tale about forgiveness. The story takes place in a small African-American town of Eatonville, Florida, in the early 1930s. It is a complex tale of love, desire, indiscretion, anger, fear, uncertainty, disappointment, bewilderment, need, reconciliation, and finally, acceptance. The main plot is that Joe Banks reconciled with his wife, Missie May, who betrayed him and bore him a son, which may not even be his child. In this story, a complex process of interdependence and forgiveness is revealed. Yet this simple plot contains many subtle layers
I am not sure if I would insist on pointing to a human character as the protagonist in this story. Remember that the story was written (or perhaps published) in 1933 when America was galloping straight into the Great Depression. The stock market crash in the US was in 1929. If you are not bound to making an argument that the protagonist is either husband or wife, you could argue that it is money. After all, money holds a lot of power in the text and alters the course of events. The motive for Missie 's infidelity is greed. Since the couple ends up forgiving each other in the end and staying together, it seems that Hurston, the Anthropologist, also pointed to the egalitarian and strength of the Afr...
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...ough Joe always buying Missie May treats. However, Missie May wants to help Joe gain more economic stability, because they always see Otis D. Slemmons with money and are jealous of him and his power. Missie May did try to disaude Joe about needing the money, but saw his aspirations for their family. By sleeping with Slemmons for his money, Missie May is shown as a woman trying her best to help out her husband, but through immoral actions. Even though it is shown throughout the short story how much she loves Joe, and how much Joe loves Missie May, even though she has made some bad choices.
Quote 1: "Lemme git dat paper sack out yo ' pocket. Ah bet it 's candy kisses"
Qoute 2: "Aw, he don 't look no better in his clothes than you do in yourn."
Qoute 3: "Oh Joe, honey, he said he wuz gointer give me dat gold money and he jes ' kept on after me---"
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