In some ways, the small Floridian town is as important as any character is to the story's plot. These writers mimic the voice of their Black characters in dialogue and speech. Unfortunately, the story takes a disastrous turn when Slemmons starts chasing after her, promising money in exchange for sex. Instead, all Joe can do is stand and laugh, using the opportunity to strike Slemmons. The strength of their love is tested when, the main character Missie May commits adultery and is caught by her husband. Hurston wrote masterfully within the folk.
Another recognizable symbol would be the consistency of the rattlesnake. This can be compared with Hosea and Gomer because Gomer was an adulterous wife and did not remain faithful to her husband. The use of black idioms and dialect is a unique way to draw in the culture and community of the small Black settlement. Marriage, Hurston suggests, provides an environment within which sexuality is healthy rather than a source of temptation. The next morning, Joe treats the day as if it was just an ordinary day and asks Missie May why she is not eating breakfast.
Instead we can learn from their responses to the injustice that existed all around them. It intensifies the scene and creates an image on the page. Hurston continued to write, teach, and collect folklore, winning prestigious awards such as the Guggenheim for her research. Ah ain't never been nowhere and Ah ain't got nothin' but you. Feel free to contact me via email. We are all trying to attain that next material thing; whether it is job or a new set of rims on our car we think things will bring us happiness.
What do we mean by that? She also shows their character development through her writing styles and techniques, which show reactions and responses between Joe and Missy May to strengthen the development of their relationship. Although she's a minor character in the story, Joe's mother serves two important purposes. In the story the Joe and Missy May marvel at the fact that Otis Slemmons was wealthy enough to have a five-dollar gold piece for a stick-pin, a ten-dollar gold piece on his watch, and a mouth full of gold teeth. When Joe gets up that morning, he leaves behind Slemmons' coin, in his attempt to torture her, by paying her for her services. One reason that they do this is because society excludes them from other forms of gainful employment.
The description of the yard and house is provided, all of which displays, beauty, order, and care by the husband and wife who lives there. The porch and steps scrubbed white. Slemmons, the towns newest arrival, is rich, but by closer inspection by Joe Banks and Missie May, is found to be poor. She had a relatively happy childhood until the death of her mother in 1904, after which she held a variety of odd jobs and eventually joined a Gilbert and Sullivan traveling company as a maid. Just as Joe threw silver coins in the house to Missie May, with fifteen and some , Hosea attempts to buy back his wife.
Slemmons is very flashy man who shows off his wealth and prominence by wearing nice clothes and smiling wide to show the gold in his teeth. Negative connotations are repeated and echoed within these few sentences up to six times. As a matter of fact, we'd like to tip our hats to Hurston for her subtlety, for shying away from those predictable Hollywood-esque stories where we know everything's going to be all right from the get go. Betrayal causes Joe to rethink his marriage, to stay away from Missie, and to doubt that the baby she carries is his. Missy May's infidelity tests the strength of her marriage with Joe, which ultimately succeeds the trials and tribulations.
The boldness we see in the initial scenes hint at her impulsiveness, a quality that eventually leads to a really, really bad decision. It is a fact, that for millennia, women have sometimes used the only way they could see possible to earn an income. The title refers to a cheap coin gilded to appear gold. Forgiveness is about recognizing that we need each other, and its about acceptance of human imperfections in both self and other. Joe stood out like a rough-backed mountain between him and the door. In this story, a complex process of interdependence and forgiveness is revealed. Slemmons explained that white-skinned women gave their loved ones gold coins.
He controlled what she was allowed and not allowed to eat. For Joe, it's where he finds his happiness: That was the best part of life—going home to Missie May. Missie's idea of being a good wife is making her husband happy and she truly believes what he wants is money. Embedded into the story are social dynamics and inequalities that are connected to economics, race, and gender. Where did any woman find paying jobs during that time and place? Consider the description of the community, the house, the yard, and the rather bleak disposition of that time and place. Their whitewashed house, the mock battle on Saturday, the dinner and ice cream parlor afterwards, church on Sunday nights when Missie out dressed any woman in town—all, everything, was right.
Hurston takes joy in reveling for a bit in their young love without being over the top or corny. He is a shady character from out of town who attempts to counterfeit his gilded half dollars and quarters as gold. Joe aspires to be like him, while at first, Missie thinks money isn't going to lead to any happiness. As such, Slemmons therefore could open his mouth and tell a lie like anyone else. They lived a meager life by some standards because they did not have extravagant material things, but by other standards they were rich. Between traffic and the oddities of life, anybody can have a late day. At first the coins are fun and loving.
The color white is also used as a symbol of a haven or safe place, a reprieve from the rest of the world—their house. Joe shows anger by attacking Slemmons, but after he leaves he shows no more signs of anger. Hurston is one of the most significant writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance—a cultural and artistic explosion among African American communities in the 1920s and 30s. Similarly, the only way for me to truly walk like Jesus is to walk with him as best I can. The narrator reveals the thoughts of both Missie and Joe, as in the following passage: Missie knew why she didn't leave Joe. Missie May, on the other hand, was the first to see the gild in his character and personality.