The Gilded Six-Bits by Zora Neale Hurston

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What is the theme of "The Gilded Six Bits" and how is that theme communicated?

What is the theme of "The Gilded Six Bits" and how is that theme communicated?

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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 township like the one she describes in the story and that her academic training was in anthropology. One of the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance, she was actively engaged in both recovering and reappropriating the African-American experience for African-Americans.

Consider the way the story is structured - the descriptive narration is all done in Standard English, but the...

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