Man vs. Woman

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Man VS. Woman: A Literary Analysis Of Conflicts In Two Stories Gena Jones ENG125: Introduction To Literature Instructor: Denya Ciuffo August 31, 2015 Man VS. Woman: A Literary Analysis Of Conflicts In Two Stories In the short stories “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston and “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, there is a very similar conflict of Individual vs. Individual between the men and the women that represents the constant struggle for power in the human relationship. While “Sweat” allows us to see the resolution of conflicts by the end of the story, “Hills Like White Elephants” presents us with these conflicts and does not really give us clear resolution in the end. Imagery and epiphany are techniques used in both…show more content…
It softened her knees and dried her mouth so that it was a full minute before she could cry out or move,” we are able from just those words to see the image of a frightened woman who believes a snake has slithered on her. Many times in the story, imagery fills the gaps that the difficult to understand dialogue may leave. Delia’s epiphany comes when Sykes tosses her laundry outside and threatens her for having it in the house. “Delia’s habitual meekness seemed to slip from her shoulders like a blown scarf. She was on her feet; her poor little body, her bare knuckly hands bravely defying the strapping hulk before her” (Hurston, 1926). In this instant, the power begins to shift in the conflict. Delia shows Sykes that she will no longer be cowed down to him. She will stand her ground and fight. Delia’s epiphany is the turning point in the story. We see her evolve from a woman who is doing what she can to get by and living her life the way it has ended up, to a woman who knows her own worth and is going to fight for what is rightfully hers. In that moment, Delia has decided that she will no longer be the victim of abuse. This moment is important because it leads us down the path of the resolution of conflict in “Sweat.” In Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants,” we see a conflict between a man and a woman. This would be the Individual vs. Individual conflict of the story. We are not told much about the pair by the author. The man is never given a
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