Analysis Of Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston

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Blood, SWEAT, and tears.
Have you ever wonder what life was like for a middle age, African American woman in the 1920’s with a husband who publicly cheats and abuses her? How would she react to his psychological and physical abuse, would she fight back or stay silent? There are many ways one can fight back, and silence is one of them. By simply saying nothing can kill a person, literally. In the short story, “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston unfolds the story of African American wash woman by the name of Delia Jones, the protagonist in the story, is a hard-working woman who has been supporting her good for nothing husband by doing the laundry of white folks. This is how Delia provides for herself, but only to have her useless husband use this
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evil. Hurston, also uses symbols as an effective way to allow her readers to better understand the short story. No doubt, the snake represented evil as well as her husband Sykes. Hurston depicted Delia as a strong, independent woman who can provide for herself. Delia has her own home, manages her own finances, works hard, goes to church and all the while doing this without the supports of her deadbeat husband Sykes. For this essay on “Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston, explore the ways in which Delia is meant to be seen as a strong and independent woman rather than a passive one, who only takes abuse from her husband. Apart from the ending, look at ways Delia keeps herself going and how she is stronger than her husband, or anyone else in the short story.
Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “Sweat,” is told in a third person form, which focuses on its protagonist Delia Jones, an African American woman who has a successful career as a washerwoman. Living in her house is her inefficient husband Sykes Jones, who always complains about her washing clothes for the white folks. Even though he doesn’t have a job himself and has nothing to offer, besides being cowardly, unfaithful, and cruel to Delia; is Sykes definition of a man. Delia and Sykes Jones share nothing in common and are complete opposites, their marital vows are the only bounds they have, but that have lost its true meaning in these past fifteen years. In the short story, “Sweat” Sykes is notorious for his psychological
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