Love Conquers All
When love is strong between two people it can outweigh the problems of a
marriage, if the couple can work together in solving the problems. In the story The
Gilded Six-Bits written by Zora Neale Hurston, you meet a couple very much in love, Joe
and Missie May Banks. In the story Shiloh written by Bobbie Ann Mason, meet a couple
who is not so sure of what they want, Leroy and Norma Jean Moffitt. In these marriages
there are a few similarities and a few differences.
One difference in these marriages is why they married. Missie May and Joe
married because they had fallen in love with each other. Joe would come home and play
games with his wife every Saturday. They would laugh, play and chase each other
around. Norma Jean and Leroy on the other hand, married because Norma Jean was
pregnant with Leroy's child. They felt it was the right thing to do. Now the baby is dead
and Leroy was injured while driving his big rig. He is home on disability now. Norma
Jean is always working or exercising, Leroy is always home alone building craft kits.
One similarity in the two stories is their mothers trying to help them. In The
Gilded Six-Bits Joe finds his wife in bed with another man, Otis D. Slemmons. Their
marriage was very rocky for a while. No more games were played or chasing each other
around the house and no more candy kisses to get teased with. Missie May was going to
leave his house when she ran into to Joe's mother. Joe's mother changed Missie May's
mind about leaving and she went home. In the story Shiloh Leroy was always gone for
months at a time and then Leroy was injured, leaving Leroy at home all the time. Leroy
notices little things that have changed about his wife. Once again a mother suggests they
get a way for a day and spend time together,...