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.
“The Gilded Six-Bits” is a reference to the gold watch chain that Slemmons wears. To begin, gilded means something overlaid or secured (for this situation, the half-dollar) with a thin layer of gold or a gold shading.
With regards to the story, the six-bit speaks to appearance versus reality, and the risk of becoming involved with material belonging. Slemmons, the person everybody believes is so extraordinary, ends up being a cheat and nearly ruins Joe and Missie’s marriage. Before he came into the scene, they were splendidly content with the minimal expenditure they had.
The title additionally infers the desire. Hurston puts her critical view on the longing for money, for things like garments and gems and even the craving by blacks to be white. According to the occasions of the story, craving what you don’t have is certainly not an extremely positive thing. The grass is unquestionably not constantly greener on the opposite side.