In the short story Sweat written by Zora Neale Hurston, she tells the story of a hard-working woman named Delia Jones and her abusive, cheating husband Sykes. Delia and Sykes are drastically different characters. Delia is an honest, church going woman, who cleans white people 's laundry to make ends meet and Skyes is a low-down womanizer who uses his wife 's income to support not only himself but also Bertha the woman he is having an affair with. After years of putting up with her husband 's mistreatment, Delia finally holds her ground. She defends her job with a skillet.
I fell in love with one particular quote that she stated. “On one hand, we are assailed by white men, and on the other hand, we are assailed by black men, who should be our natural protectors; and whether in the cook kitchen, at the wash tub...we are but little more than pack horses, beast of burden, slaves!” (Gross 31). Gross and a few women around the world are angry with the men in charge. She knows she can’t talk or work it out with the white man and she cannot turn to her black man because he 's not doing his job as a man. He 's falling short.
(Ch.16, Pg.168) Mr. Raymond acted as if he was drunk so he that he wouldn't need to explain to anyone his love for a black woman. The alcohol, he said, gave the community of Maycomb a reason to say, he didn't realize what he was doing. These kind of relations were completely unheard of during this time. Aunt Alexandra demonstrates discrimination, even against her own race, when she refused to allow Scout to have Walter Cunningham over for
The reason behind why Syke is so abusive mentally and physically towards Delia is because she is the breadwinner of the marriage, she basically does everything that the man of the house should be doing. Which causes him to be insecure because he feels threatened that Delia is the hardworking one and bringing in all the income. A quote that would support all this is “You sho is one aggravatin ' n- woman! (8). He says which doesn 't make sense because she clothes him and feeds him and has to say and do all these things so he can feel masculine and that he’s the man of the house.
This clearly expresses her role on the ranch and her masculine characteristics are easily visible. After Mama Elena orders Tita to stop crying, Tita is in a frenzy of rage and screams at her mother. In response to Tita’s outburst, Mama Elena smashes a wooden spoon across her face. Violence is usually not a trait that fits with the female ideal in Mexico, but tunes in with more of masculinity as only men were expected to be aggressive. Mama Elena’s confident attitude, and fierce look is what causes fear in the Captain.
Anna Funderburk Ms. Thompson 1st Block AP English October 27, 2014 Short Story Analysis of Sweat Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston is clearly a feminist tale. Opening with Delia working hard washing clothes to provide for herself and her freeloading husband, Hurston tells the story of a strong, black woman trapped within the confines of traditional household roles and a corrupt marriage. Delia is finally set free after her husband, Sykes, is dealt a dose of his own medicine and is bitten by a rattlesnake he let loose in their house in hopes to be rid of Delia. Not only does Zora Neale Hurston make evident the oppression African American women faced both within the household and out of it, but she also combats it with Delia, a woman who “sweated”
Delia's struggle to run the house, doing the job of washwoman, and even then, her husband beats her and cheats on her is kind of depressing. The title does justice to the story as sweat symbolizes fear and hard work. After all this, Delia is proud of herself for running the house and she is determined to spend rest of her life in that house no matter what
Afterwards she heard that one man on the jury, one of the Cunninghams wanted to acquit Mister Robinson. Upon hearing this she was relieved and wanted to invite his son for dinner, but my sister forbade that. On the other hand Jem was furious and cried. He cried because of the injustice of the verdict he always had thought that people from Maycomb were the best in the world but after this trial he did not think so anymore. The decision was indeed unfair, but it seems that only children cry and think about how careless people really are.
She has to have a light next to her all the time because all of the things her husband and her have done. She also starts to wash her hands all the time because of all the killings she and her husband have done. Lady MacBeth’s mental insanity gets so bad that it kills her. Although MacBeth and Lady MacBeth’s insanities aren't the same it still affected them in some ways. Without the insanity in the characters, the play wouldn't have been completed.
He was a womanizer and later Divina Flor fell victim to machismo once more. " 'He grabbed my whole pussy, ' Divina Flor told me. 'It was what he always did when he caught me alone in some corner of the house, but that day I didn 't feel the usual surprise but an awful urge to cry '" (Márquez, 13). Nasar often expressed his sexuality with women, wanted or not because he was a man, capable of anything with the social status and privilege his
The leader, Adam Susan was a prominent figure in the society and killing him proved that she was not just the damsel in distress that everyone thought her to be. She never let go of her marriage, which was seen on page 227, book three when she looked at the picture of Mr. Almond and her which proved that she did not move on from his death. Most of her actions that she did were because her husband and she did them in her his name because he risked everything for the leader when he joined them after the war. Before the war he loved her and cared about other people, but after the war he changed. Rosemary was angry at Adam Susan because she believed he was responsible for her husband’s death.
Also when Walter Thomas says, “It’s too bad, too, cause she wuz a right pretty li’l trick when he got huh” (68), I learned that Sykes really had done a number on her physically and emotionally. That went on for a awhile and I really got the point that nobody except Bertha liked Sykes. Whether it was intended or not, I thought Bertha being described as “a hunk uh liver wid hair on it” (70) was quite funny. Later on, when Sykes gets the rattle snake, it’s clear he has crossed the line and Delia is done putting up with him. Her normal meekness towards Sykes is gone and when she said “Ah hates you, Sykes” (72) then continued to tell him how extremely much she hates him, I knew with certainty she had enough and was going to do something.
“She saw that Sykes had kicked all of the clothing together again, and now stood in her way truculently, his whole manner hoping, praying, for an argument. But she walked calmly around him and commenced to re-sort the things.” (Hurston 104) This is how the marriage goes, Sykes purposely does things to make it hard for Delia. He goes out his way to pull pranks and make her mad. “He stepped roughly upon the whitest pile of things, kicking them helter-skelter as he corssed the room.” (Hurston 104) The laundry here represents their relationship. Delia pure as the whitest laundry and Sykes stepping all on her with his abuse.
After Myrtle answers Catherine questions and why she married George Wilson which indicates that Myrtle doesn 't think he is fit enough to be her husband. She was basically using him for the things she thought he had. And now she 's saying that he isn 't even worthy enough to lick her shoes. This is basically saying that he is worthless. During this time people consume more alcohol than nowadays and alcohol is a great want and need for the lives of most people to get away from stressful times, to have fun or to make a living.
Curley 's wife is promiscuous. She’s clingy, racist, and she annoys everyone on the ranch. At least that’s the way John Steinbeck portrayed her in his book Of Mice and Men. When a motion picture based on the book under the same name was produced, the director Gary Sinise decided to transform the way people felt about Curley 's wife. He presented her as more sympathetic and romantic, and in turn far more likeable.