Gilded six bits Essay

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“The Gilded Six-Bits” Response

1. The story is written as a single continuous narrative, but the events take place over a long period of time. Estimate how much time actually passes between the beginning of the story and end.
I would say that the story had to take place probably between nine to ten months. I arrived at this conclusion from information given in the story. Such as I drew from the fact that after being caught with Otis D. Slemmons, Missie May and Joe had not touched in three months, then six months later the baby boy had arrived. So in conclusion I basically just added those months together to estimate how much time actually passed between the beginning of the story and end.

2. How does the narrator’s use of
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5. Compare the written voices of Joe and the candy shop clerk near the end of the story. How does the clerk’s dialect differ? Why do you think Hurston chose to introduce this different voice into the story at the end?
The dialect differs between the two at the end of the story showing that Joe’s is more of broken up while the clerk’s dialect is a little more advanced than his. I think Hurston chose to introduce this different voice into the story at the end to show the noticeable pronunciation barrier between the two.

6. Throughout the story. Joe gives coins to Missie May. What is the significance of the silver dollars at the beginning of the story? Contrast this with Joe’s meaning when he leaves Missie May the gilded coin on the table. How has the significance of the silver dollars changed at the end of the story?
The significance of the silver dollars at the beginning of the story show a way that the two love birds Missie May and Joe play together. Joe’s meaning when he leaves Missie May the gilded coin on the table is to show her what Otis gave to her was not real at all it was a fraud just like him, unlike the real sliver dollars he tossed at her every Saturday evening. However in the end of the story the significance of the silver dollars changed to show the couple’s love which was much more valuable than gold.

7. Why
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