Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston Analysis

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In Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “Sweat” and her essay “How It Feels to Be the Colored Me,” illustrates how women are marginalized and treated, but had these texts been written at a different time, place, language, or to a different audience, it would differ.
In “Sweat”, Delia Jones was being physically and emotionally abused by her husband Sykes Jones. Not only was she an African American, but she was a woman that lived in the 1920s. She had no power. Despite the amount of abuse she suffered, she can not leave because of the circumstances she is in. She works for a white man, which her husband is upset about, while he does nothing at all. “…Mah tub of suds is filled yo’ belly with vittles more times than yo’ hands is filled it. Mah sweat is done paid for this house and Ah reckon Ah kin keep on sweatin’ in it” (2). Delia lets out her frustration for being abused and working to provide for …show more content…

There is still discrimination towards African Americans but to a certain extent. Discrimination in the 1920s was much worse, but Zora Neale Hurston is an unapologetic black women, and instead of being angry, ashamed African American, she expresses it. She doesn’t let her skin color define her either, because she isn’t just African American, she’s much more than that. She’s herself. If this text were written to a specific audience, like African Americans, some might be confused as to why be her angry. “Aren’t you angry for being black, and discriminated against?” some may ask. Hurston isn’t angry at all, she is merely astonished that she people are angered, and bothered by the fact that she’s black. “I do not belong to the sobbing school of Nergohood…” (64) “I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”(65). What Hurston means by this is that life is too full of opportunities to dwell on the negative. She isn’t going to be miserable because she’s black, she will embrace it. She is

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