Extolling Equality: Construction of Justice in “The Gilded Six Bits” by Zora Neal Hurston

Navid Salehi Babamiri

Independent Researcher, Saqqez city, Iran. Email: navid_salehi1988@yahoo.com

Volume VII, Number 1, 2017 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.25274/bcjms.v7n1.en-v7-01-06

 Abstract

The masculine word or the so called “patriarchy” was a term that mostly in black culture, literature and folklore has had its most negative, undesirable and traumatic effect on a poor black woman. It is also a kind of belief that is used by narrow-minded men especially black ones to show that black women are inferior to men both rationally and physically. This evil thought leads to the ruthless behavior that black men want to compel their wives to comply them for whatever they want, however, the black women have not stopped but have acquired their ability to hamper and impair these negative power relations. Zora Neal Hurston’s short story “The Six Gilded Bits” is a good sample that signifies the author’s response to this devastated culture.  In this short story, she firstly tries to depict the horrible situation that a black woman has to tackle, and secondly, she makes it flexible for the reader, even the black men with their strict power in their hands, to understand their wives better and take actions with them to balance the power and revise the harsh term “patriarchy” to reconciliation and love. Therefore, this article, regarding the short story, tries to estimate the symbolic boundaries in which black women live in a society that they suffer from sexism, racism, and material disinheritance and, at the same time, it contributes to black women’s attempt to develop the process of liberation from these constraints which have been imposed on them for long.

Keywords: patriarchy, masculinity, femininity, equality, love.

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