In fact, the argument could easily be made that this difference in perception causes some of the conflict with the married couple. In addition, you might want to incorporate some of the ideas from the first topic above and look at race and gender.
Summary[ edit ] Delia is a washerwoman who works long hours in a small Central Florida village.
Sykes scares his wife of fifteen years by using her fear of snakes. The marriage is an abusive one, ever since Sykes began beating Delia two months after marrying. Observers in the town remark how the once-beautiful Delia has lost her shine because of her abusive husband. With that said, Delia has come to the conclusion that she does not need Sykes nor his abuse, particularly considering it is her wages that paid for their home.
Tired of Delia and seeking out freedom with his "portly" mistress Bertha, Sykes hatches a plan to poison Delia by planting a rattlesnake in her washing clothes. In a bit of karmic fate, however, it is Sykes who is poisoned by the rattlesnake, fatally, in the neck.
In response, Delia sits meditatively below a chinaberry tree waiting for her husband to expire, and ignoring his pleas for aid. Characters[ edit ] Delia: Delia is an abused wife and her jaded view of Sykes and his mistreatment of her grows as the story progresses.
Delia comes to feel the same way about her marriage as Sykes does: Delia portrays a woman from the Deep South in the first half of the 20th Century who comes to discover freedom as independence from men.
Sykes is a stereotypical abusive husband.
He physically and mentally abuses Delia, takes her income while failing to make his own, and has an affair on the side. After he has "wrung every drop of pleasure" out of Delia, he plots to poison her with a rattlesnake, but the plan backfires after he is fatally bitten in the neck. Domestic abuse[ edit ] Sykes abuses Delia physically by beating her, economically by taking her income, and emotionally by putting her down for her body type.
The story investigates the psychological effects of an abusive relationship.
During the post-civil war time period, black men in the rural south had few job opportunities while black women could find work in the domestic service industry.
Feminism[ edit ] The historical background presented during the time period when "Sweat" was published, represents a time when feminist art movements were taking place. During the time it was published many African American artists were celebrating black culture and diversity in Harlem, NY.
Zora Neal Hurston, an African American artist, wrote for black women, exposing their struggles with not only racism but sexism as well. This was more accessible and approachable for women.
The story portrays Delia as being as strong and as independent as a woman can be in her circumstance. She works with each and every day.
He is a womanizer and abusive. Delia feels as though she cannot leave him though out of fear for her safety and out of guilt. Because of this, her husband has much of the control over Delia, male over female, compared to master over slave.
The events take place in the spring. Snakes are prevalent in the area.
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All the main characters in each of these three short stories are the product of male influences, oftentimes negative ones, and much of their rage is intermixed. If you’re a scholar or an advanced graduate student and have something fresh to add about Chopin’s work or her life, we invite you to submit a brief comment for posting on the site.
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Feminism Through Religion in Hurston’s “Sweat” Rachel Carazo Course: English Instructor: Dr. Sarah Spence Assignment: Short Story Analysis Words and characters that represent symbols contribute to the depth of literacy works, Stemming from the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston‟s work presents issues that focus on the.