All That Glitters Isn’t Gold
As humans, we all have a desire to have things that are beyond what we can afford. As a result, we start to have strong feelings of envy and jealousy towards that people who possess what it is that we cannot have. In the short story “The Gilded Six Bits” by Zora Neale Hurston, Joe quickly became fascinated with a big talker from Chicago named Otis D. Slemmons. Otis claimed that women gave him money and adored him. This interest that Joe had with the gold accessories that Otis owned lead to problems in Joe’s marriage with Missy May. Joe and Missy May will realize that everything that glitters isn’t gold, and that they should be content with what they already possessed.
When Joes tells his wife Missy May about all the gold and women that Otis has, she feels as if she would make her husband a happier man if she could provide for Joe what women provided for Otis. Missy May wanted to give Joe gold to prove her love for him. Unfortunately, Missy May did not understand how much Joe cherished her even after he told her “Don't be so wishful 'bout me. Ah'm satisfied de way Ah is. So long as Ah be yo' husband. Ah don't keer 'bout nothin' else.” Missy May knew that the only way she could get any gold was to give herself to Otis and exchange for it. She told Joe "Us might find some goin' long de road some time. Us could." to possibly lead him from any bad thoughts that he may get if she did her obtain any gold.
After several visits to the ice cream parlor that Otis owned, Joe came home from work early only to find his wife in their bed with Otis. After the incident, Missy May cries and apologizes desperately, in order to get Joe to believe that she only slept with Otis to get some of his money. Joe found the gold coin that Otis left behind, and noticed that it was only a gilded coin. Joe carried the coin around with him, realizing that he brought this situation upon himself, which is probably why he did not choose to leave Missy May. Day...
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