Analysis Of Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston was one of many authors who left an impact on society, particularly black America. During the 1920’s, women were looked at as submissive and did not have many rights. She gave women a voice. Zora Neale Hurston is a remarkable author who reflects her life in most of her writing. She was a writer during the Harlem Renaissance Era. After much success, she was acknowledged as “Queen of the Harlem Renaissance.” Her literary work was not given proper recognition in the beginning because she chose to write things in a different perspective than the normal political mindset dealing with race. Hurston explored women empowerment and feminism in her writing. Hurston developed very strong, resilient women, but were placed in a…show more content…
Delia Jones spent her weeks washing the townspeople clothing. She paid the bills, she cooked and cleaned. She even did yard work. “She had built it for her old, days, and planted one by one the trees and flowers there,” (Hurston) She really enjoyed her work. And you could really tell she has been working hard, probably her entire life to have the things she had now. The way the text described her to having knotty muscles limbs, her harsh, knuckly hand.” Delia was the backbone and engine of her household. Her husband, however, was unemployed and took advantage of her given that she upheld to her wifely duties no matter if he deserved it or not. Sykes took Delia for granted. Sykes fully disrespected and yet fully depended on Delia. Yet he claims to own all the fruits of Delia labor. If it wasn’t for Delia’s hard work and tolerance, he would’ve been forced to take care of himself. Women like Delia did a lot for their families. In an article titled theorizing difference from multicultural feminism by Maxine Zinn and Bonnie Dill, Zinn and Dill state, “Within the constraints of race, class, and gender oppression, women create viable lives for themselves, their families, and their communities,” (Feminist studies 328). Spousal abuse is a very common issue in today’s society. It was even more prominent during the time when Sweat was written.
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