The Gilded Six Bits

by

Zora Neale Hurston

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Otis Slemmons’ “Gold”

Throughout “The Gilded Six-Bits,” gold (or gildedness) represents the way that covetousness and deceit challenge Joe and Missie May’s marriage. In the first half of the story, both Joe and Missie May are struck…

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Sun and Moon

Throughout the story, Hurston personifies the sun and moon in various ways, which symbolize the shifting seasons in the Banks’ marriage. Her use of these symbols is typically followed by a key moment in Missie

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