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gilded six bits zora neale hurston Literature Review Chapter

… Slemmons does have a tendency to boast, show off, and most likely exaggerate or even lie. Missie May even accuses Slemmons of being a liar, saying “he kin lie jes\' lak anybody else,” in response to his showing off about how women are crazy about him. Moreover, Slemmons seems to have made his money not by entrepreneurial ventures or hard work, but via sugar mommies: women who apparently “give it all to \'im.” Missie May seems turned off to Slemmons, but after spending more time with him, starts to fantasize about what easy money could bring to her life. Because she knows Joe will never be able to make money as fast and readily as Slemmons, Missie May decides—presumably—that she will sleep with Slemmons to…. [read more]


Gilded Six Bits and Sonny's Blues Essay

… ¶ … Gilded Six Bits" and "Sonny's Blues": The value of money

Like many college students today, I have been thinking a great deal about money. How important should money be when evaluating the worth of something or someone? Zora Neale Hurston's short story "The Gilded Six Bits" is a dire warning about overvaluing money. In the story, a happy couple's life is nearly destroyed because the wife sleeps with a rich man named Otis D. Slemmons, in the false hope that the money he gives her will give the couple more financial security. In "Sonny's Blues," the poverty and desperation of the inner city means that the title character has no way to escape the life circumstances that make it almost impossible for him…. [read more]


Zora Neal Hurston the Gilded Six Bits Thesis

… Money, Love and the Power of Forgiveness in "The Gilded Six-bit"

We grow up hearing the grass is always greener on the other side of the hill because things look better from a distance. This is a cliche but far too many times, it is true. We are prone to become complacent in our surroundings and want for something more even if we are not sure that what we want is actually better for us. Zora Neale Hurston's short story, "The Gilded Six-bits" is a story that explores such a circumstance. Our society is one that focuses on material things and this makes it extremely difficult to determine the basis of happiness. When we are bombarded with messages from the television and the Internet, encouraging…. [read more]


Zora Neale Hurston's Story Sweat Essay

… Jig, the main character is debating about the current conflict in her life, whether having an abortion would be the best action given her current situation. While the character sitting next her tells her that it would be best, it is the conflict in general that makes the development of the short story possible. The fact that the issue of abortion is a dilemma is a reflection of the times and gives the character strength for even thinking about this during this time. The most important quote of this story is the very last line of the story, "I feel fine.' she said. 'There's nothing wrong with me. I feel fine.'" This line sums up the entire story in just ac couple lines. It shows…. [read more]


Janie in Zora Neale Hurston Term Paper

… Janie's greatest emotional challenge is to learn to live for her own self, without fear and truthfully. This, however, is extraordinarily difficult for her, especially given her grandmother's fear-generating messages, implicit and explicit, about men, the outside world, and Janie's place within it as a young black female.

Janie is overprotected, by her grandmother. However, Celie in The Color Purple is not protected by her family at all. In fact, her own father impregnates her, twice, and by age 14, she has two children/half-siblings. Soon afterward, her father barters her into marriage (with a cow thrown in as Celie's dowry), by promising her new husband (who also keeps a mistress, Shug Avery, right there in the house) that Celie is a good housekeeper and will…. [read more]


Treatment of Bipolar Disorder? Grade Essay

… This is evident from the fact that at the core of the story is a happy married family the main theme of the story revolves around love, playfulness, betrayal and loyalty. At several occasions, it is observable that the writer has gone off from the traditional, old ideas prevalent in society. This is seen from the fact when the writer shows a woman being seduced (Missie May by Slemmons' beauty and wealth) instead of the usual idea of man betraying the woman. On this occasion, the writer has successfully portrayed the message of never judging a book by its cover as seen through the gold coin being worthless. Despite the story's main focus was not racism, but the plot can somehow be used to relate…. [read more]


Infidelity and the Concept of True Love Essay

… Infidelity and the Concept of True Love

Zora Neale Hurston's The Gilded Six-Bits (1933) is a story that illustrates the manner in which codependent couples often choose to resolve even the worst kinds of relationship betrayal through rationalization and psychological repression of anger and emotional pain. The story suggests that true love is such a powerful force that it can overcome the betrayal of infidelity. It also illustrates one of the typical ways that codependent couples sometimes deal with serious relationship problems by rationalizing uncomfortable truths and by repressing anger and resentment. In that regard, it demonstrates the way that changes in relationships reveal the true extent of the anger that is barely concealed by conscious behavior.

In principle, it is doubtful that there is…. [read more]


Fiction Has the Unique Attribute Essay

… Sometimes one has to live life without taking things to heart. In order for one to live day by day without the constant worry of everything that is going on around them, one has to pretend like nothing is happening. Ernest Hemingway depicts this in his story, "Hills like White Elephants" when his main character is going through a very tough situation and has had trouble, as many times everyone does, deciding on what it is that she wants or has to do, and at the end, with the line "I feel fine...There's nothing wrong with me. I feel fine" everything seems to be resolved for her. This occurs many times throughout one's lifetime. When things are too difficult to handle, a human's immediate defense…. [read more]

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