Close Reading Anylsis Essay

877 Words Dec 21st, 2012 4 Pages
Jocelyn Dill
Professor Samuels
English 102-05
23 October 2012

Close Reading Analysis: The Gilded Six-Bits

In Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “The Gilded Six-Bits,” there are many aspects that can be analyzed. However, I found it interesting that the act of objectification is reoccurring in this story from beginning to end. Objectification means to make a person or thing into an object rather than a human being or what it is. The character, Otis D. Slemmons, plays a very pivotal part in this story. His perception of wealth also plays an important role since the whole turning point of the storyline happens because of it. Mister Slemmon’s wealth and possessions cause everyone to be drawn to him. He himself allows women
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He knows that all of the so called gold and money is not real and is afraid of that being discovered. “‘So he don’t ‘low nobody to touch it at all. Not even put dey finger on it. Dey tole ‘im not to. You kin make ‘miration at it, but don’t tetch it’” (Hurston 286). So, Slemmons lets everyone believe that he is someone he’s not. This causes Missie May to be sucked into the whirlwind of trouble that takes place. She allows Slemmons to buy her and it almost costs her, her marriage to Joe. This story teaches the characters and those who read it a very important lesson. That all that “glitters is not always gold.” Also, that there is always a side of people that we do not see and things may not always be what they seem. This is a mistake often made by those who think the “grass is greener on the other side,” and those who don’t know what they’ve got until it’s gone.

Hurston, Zora Neale. “The Gilded Six bits.” Literature Craft & Voice. Second Edition. Nicholas Delbanco and Alan Cheuse. New York: McGraw Hill, 2012.

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