Hurston 's Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston

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“Oh well, whatever goes over the Devil 's back, is got to come under his belly. Sometime or ruther, Sykes, like everybody else, is gointer reap his sowing” said Delia Jones (Hurston 1024). This belief comes true for Delia Jones in a short story “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston. In this story “Sweat” Hurston illustrates the obnoxious life of a religious African American woman, Delia who continually suffers from oppression by her wicked husband, Sykes and explored the struggle between good (Delia) and evil (Sykes). Fortunately, at the end all the misdeeds of Sykes results in his death by being trapped in his own tactic to scare Delia with a rattlesnake. The story reveals a sense of revenge ignited in a desperate life of Delia because of Sykes oppression, which eventually led her to live an independent life.
From the beginning of the story, Delia’s relationship with Sykes is unusual with lots of conflicts and a sense of revenge. Hurston has characterized Delia as a hard working wash woman who works diligently to support her family. On the other hand, Sykes is reckless person who has failed to provide for his family. Although, Sykes does not have a pinch of feelings for Delia, she has been bearing his mistreatment for fifteen years. Once on a Sunday night at eleven o’clock, Delia was sorting clothes that she collected on Saturday. Meanwhile, Sykes enters and scares her with a bullwhip which looks like a snake. He even kicks the pile of clothes and puts his dirty feet on white
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