Love Conquers All

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, hoping it might help.

Another similarity in the two stories both involved a baby, one was in the

beginning of the marriage and the other was not. In The Gilded Six-Bits Missie May

became pregnant. They were not sure as to who the father might be, Joe or Otis D.

Slemmons. When the baby was born Joe?s mother came to him and said, "You ain?t ast

?bout de baby, Joe. You oughter be mighty proud cause he sho? is de spittin? image of

yuh, son." After the baby was born things at the Banks? house began to go back to

normal. In the story Shiloh Leroy and Norma Jean married because Norma Jean was

pregnant with Leroy?s child. When the baby was four months old he died of Sudden

Infant Death Syndrome (sids). When the baby died the marriage just went with it.

One couple stayed together and the other did not, another difference between

them. In The Gilded Six-Bits Joe and Missie May went back to their old games they had

always played. Joe would bring home candy kisses for her to find once again. In Shiloh

Norma Jean left Leroy. They were not the same people they had once known. Their

marriage was based on a child and not based on love. As Norma Jean and Leroy grew up

they grew apart.

When it comes to love nothing is stronger. When a marriage is based on anything

but love, that marriage usually falls apart. In both stories there were many similarities

and many differences. Missie May and Joe were meant for each other. As for Norma

Jean and Leroy, there is someone out there that they can love. Many things can have an

effect on a persons marriage. Such as a child, a mother, or why they were married in the

first place. In these stories each one of these had an effect on both marriages. Some

marriages stay together some split up. The ones that split up are usually for the better.

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