Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston was published in 1926. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was published in 1892. Both of these literary works are pieces of literature belong to the progressive era. During this time, literature was focused on revealing to middle class readers the problems of economic privileges, political corruption, and social injustice as well as center around the theme of feminism. Both literary pieces are circulating the idea that the former widespread social representation of women being submissive and having no authority in the family does affects women’s self-confidence and deeds. The authors of these works also demonstrated a remarkable effect from the expected social appearance of married women, which was tested in their writings for overcome such adversaries during their lifetime. The character, Delia Jones, in Sweat and the narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper are personalities that are significantly persuaded by what their societies considered to be acceptable roles and behaviors for married women. However, throughout both works, both personalities opposed these norms to overcome the obstacles in their respective lives. Delia in Sweat was a washwoman, which made her the sole financial provider of her household. Her husband, Sykes, did not work at all and also challenged the era’s social standards by carelessly spending Delia’s hard earned money. Delia wanted to wash her clothes when she came back from church on Sunday. Although it was

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