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The Gilded Six-Bits

Miss Mae and her husband Joe seem to have the perfect marriage. Happily in love, they hit a snag when Joe comes home and finds Mr. Slemmens hurrying to get dressed in the bedroom with his wife....

Latest answer posted October 1, 2011 10:22 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

In Hurston's short story "The Gilded Six-Bits," it is exceedingly important that Joe and Missy Mae are a working-class couple, as it is their position that prompts Missy Mae's choice. If either...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2018 5:20 am UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

In The Gilded Six-Bits, Joe Banks symbolizes several things. First he symbolizes domestic happiness. He demonstrates what it feels like to be genuinely happy in a marriage and to be fulfilled in...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2010 8:41 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

One of the best ways to create a solid and coherent thesis statement is to start with a topic. An example from Zora Neale Hurston's "The Gilded Six-Bits" could be about misjudging others based on...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018 5:45 am UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

There seems to be a number of important messages in this particular story. We see that one cannot judge a book by its cover, for instance. Mr. Otis Slemmons seems to be a man of some wealth and...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 11:57 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

One of the important things about Joe and Missie's relationship is its playful nature. Joe's job is not one that is going to pay him a lot of money and so they don't have some of the comforts or...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012 9:27 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

Missie May and Joe share a real and true happiness together, symbolized by the cheerfulness of their simple home. A "mess of homey flowers" is "planted without a plan" out front, and they bloom...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 5:29 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

Jo looked down at his own abdomen and said wistfully: "Wisht Ah had a build on me lak he got. He ain't puzzlegutted, honey. He jes' got a corperation. Dat make 'm look lak a rich white man. All...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019 5:59 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

‘‘The Gilded Six-Bits’’, by Zora Neale Hurston, is a story where innocence and naivete are ever-present. We see innocence in the relationship of Joe and his wife, Missy May, and their everyday...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012 12:16 am UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

The dialogue in Zora Neale Hurston's short story, "The Gilded Six-Bits," could be described as being countrified, grammatically incorrect, and full of broken English. To the ear, the characters'...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018 12:23 am UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

The most obvious theme in Zora Neale Hurston's The Gilded Six Bits can only be appreciated when one remembers the context in which the story was written. Remember that Hurston was raised in a black...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2008 2:21 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

Greed might be one theme of Zora Neale Hurston's "The Gilded Six-Bits" -- to me, 'reconciliation' or 'trust and betrayal' might be a more precisely worded theme -- but it's not the plot. At least...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2010 11:51 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2010 3:48 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

The first way the gilded half-dollar is symbolic is that it appears to be real and impressive, like the flashy Otis D. Slemmons. If you took false gold for real, it could ruin you, just as it...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2007 12:38 am UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

In traditional Christian theology, Pre-Lapsarian refers to man's innocent state before the Fall. This was the state in which Adam and Eve existed prior to their defiance of God by eating of the...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 12:16 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

Zora Neale Hurston was often criticised for focusing her stories within African American communities where a comparison of racial differences didn't/wouldn't come into play. The criticism was that...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2010 8:24 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

Along with his playfulness and innocence, Joe has an incredible devotion to Missie, like a puppy to his new master or a child to its loving parent. It is important to contrast his feelings and his...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012 10:36 pm UTC

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The Gilded Six-Bits

The character of Joe Banks in Zora Neale Hurston's "The Gilded Six-Bits" is that of a adult black male living in the all-black community of Eatonville, Florida. This community is one of many...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012 2:00 am UTC

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