The Tale of Two Men
The story The Wife of His Youth written by Charles Chesnutt and the story The Gilded Six-Bits written by Zora Neale Hurston can easily be compared to one another. Chesnutt and Bonner both use “local color” in their writing styles which lets you know the dialect of the characters. The two writers also choose to use the characters’ wardrobe as a central point of the stories to compare the rich and educated from the poor and unschooled. In The Wife of His Youth, Mr. Ryder dressed almost like a white man and he liked women who were well-educated and dressed in their absolute best, like Ms. Dixon. Liza Jane was dressed like an old plantation woman and showed her African heritage in her clothing. In The Gilded Six-Bits, Hurston had the “rich man” Otis Slemmons showered in all kinds of gold jewelry with a mouth full of gold showing how much money he had. While Joe and Missie May were dressed in your typical, normal everyday clothes, which showed their simplicity.
The actions of the men from the two stories also play a big part when comparing and analyzing. The two men were both of African American decent and they worked hard for what they had, but those are their only similarities. Chesnutt had Mr. Ryder as this successful man with a bunch of pride who did not look at his past when it came to his slavery roots. Mr. Ryder was also the head of the Blue Veins Society. He taught himself how to read and write and he
wanted a woman who could share his intelligence with him. Mr. Ryder had this big ball in honor of Ms. Dixon to propose to her. That was until when Liza Jane walks in. Mr. Ryder was about as shallow as a kiddy pool, when Liza Jane was describing this man who she had been looking for, which just so happened to be him. Mr. Ryder lied to Liza Jane originally about who he was because Liza Jane represents his past which he is not comfortable with facing. It took Mr. Ryder the whole story to become the man he portrays himself...