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For Love or Success What is a perfect human Human perfection is measured by our physical abilities or our intellectual achievements It may also be measured by strength of character in which we all often fall short Weakness of character shown through various character flaws cause most of the hardships we endure throughout our lives I will attempt to show the differences of the characters Joe Banks from The Gilded Six-Bits by Zora Neale Hurston and Michael Obi in The Dead Mens Path by Chinua Achebe Joe Banks the protagonist shows us a bright side of life He is a poor man who looked to the payroll of the G and G Fertilizer works for support Hurston 252 Joe is a hardworking and energetic African American He considers himself uneducated and feels that he aint never been nowhere and aint got nothing but the life he has created with his wife Missie Mae Hurston 254 Joes characteristics are shown throughout the story portraying a reserved yet polite and outspoken individual Content within his current situation Joe seems to long for something more when referring to the Ten-dollar piece on his watch chain and his mouth jes crammed full of gold teeth Sho wisht it wuz mine Hurston 254 When a slick sophisticated outsider comes into their community and their home Joes world is suddenly turned upside down With an infinite adoration for his wife and Joes imperturbable passive and detached emotions allow him to overcome the havoc that attempts to destroy the newlyweds world His integrity and resilience pays off in the end when a child is conceived reminding him about the important things in life In contrast Michael Obi seems to have an advantage over Joe Michael is a highly educated and successful young man He is chosen from many to take over a school that has been unprogressive for many years Achebe 331 Obi is outspoken in his views which he feels sets
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