As stated before, Sykes is abusive and takes pride in hurting Delia. Furthermore, he brings a poisonous snake home in order to frighten her. Sykes uses the snake to fulfill his desire to control Delia through any way possible. By bringing the snake home, he gains the upper hand in the household and feels masculine, which is perhaps something he doesn’t often feels he has to prove to himself, due to the fact that he doesn’t work or contribute to the household in any way. The snake is evil, much like Sykes and creates havoc in the household.
In the beginnning of the story Skyes pretends to have a snake fall near her by placing a whip a moving it in a slithering motion, and Delia says ¨Skyes, what you throw dat whip on me like dat? You know it would skeer me—looks just like a snake,an´ you knows how skeered Ah is of snakes.¨ He did this because he enjoys seeing her in fear because that’s his goal, but her evolution has no longer let him do that. Until one day after many days of being together in silence, Skyes appears once again at the house. This time with a soap box that he left but Delia didn’t pay much attention to it.
In this story, Nagaina proves herself to be cruel later in the story when she threatens to kill Rikki-Tikki after the death of Nag. “Oh foolish people who killed my Nag” (24). When Rikki-Tikki and Nagina fight, Nagaina thinks she must win for Nag. “If you move, I strike, If you do not move, I strike” (25). In the end of the fight with Rikki-Tikki, Nagaina, still proving herself to be cruel, goes down into her snake hole, thinking that a fight down there would be easier for her and more challenging for Rikki-Tikki.
Sykes brings in a real snake and plans to poison Delia by planting a snake in her washing basket knowing that she has a fear of them. “There lay the snake in the basket! He moved sluggishly at first, but even as she turned round and round, jumped up and down in an insanity of fear, he began to stir vigorously” (Hurston 8). She got away and fall asleep in the barn. Not knowing the snake’s whereabouts Sykes walks in and gets bitten.
He sat up and grabbed the snakes by their throats. Amphitryon rushed to nursery to find hercules holding to dead snakes. This scene was also depicted in the movie when Hercules’ parents found him on the ground.
That’s nice,’ and he stroked harder … She jerked sideways, and Lennie’s fingers closed on her hair and hung on... And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck… For a second he was bewildered. And then he whispered in fright, ‘I done a bad thing’”
However, in Hogan’s novel Power this idea comes most to life. After Ama, a strong traditional woman, has killed a panther, she tells the younger Omishto that she must tell the truth about her crime, except for a description of the cat’s appearance. Not until later in the novel does the reader discover the reason for this omission. Omishto realizes that to describe the run down and sickly appearance of the panther to the elders, “would cut their world in half. It would break their hearts and lives.
Upon being bitten by a poisonous snake, Philoctetes was afflicted with severe pain and disease. “A slow death by hunger and torture and by this horrible, insatiable disease!” demonstrates the sickness and pain Philoctetes had to undergo. Because of his illness and the stench from his foot, Philoctetes was seen as someone distinctive and peculiar;he was seen as “the other” and was simply exiled from the community. According to Edith Hall, the concept of ‘otherness’ tends to be embodied in the monstrous or the supernatural. So Medea’s multifaceted otherness emerges from her nature and status as a sorceress.
From the beginning of human time, snakes and serpents have been a symbol of evil power and chaos from the underworld, as well as a symbol of fertility, life and healing. A great deal of snakes are considered to be evil and bitter, but, most are friendly, such as a garter snake. For example, our world today is full of unexpected, corrupt and malicious entities that desire to gain possession over our country, right of religion and freedom of speech and second amendments. However, in the filthy and corrupt system in the United States and various other countries, such as Iraq and Syria, for example, the option to stand up and to oppress evil power should be ever-so justified. The people of our nation should not evil and distasteful powers of this world overcome us, but, we, as powerful, mighty and strong willed individuals, overcome fear, as a
Friends and family show extreme callousness as they join the bloodthirsty crowd to stone one of their own. Moments before the lottery began; Mrs. Hutchinson had a friendly chat with Mrs. Delacroix. However, when Mrs. Hutchinson had been declared winner of the lottery, all previous illusions of friendship between the two had been erased. Mrs. Delacroix was sprinting towards her with the largest stone she could find, excited to have the chance to slaughter one who, just the day before, she would have called friend. As disturbing as this may be, it is not nearly as unnerving as the betrayal among family members.
The items display what was happening in Scotland at that time. “…Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, /Witches' mummy, maw and gulf /Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark, /Root of hemlock digg’d i' th' dark, /Liver of blaspheming Jew, …” (4, 1, 22-26) The potion is a symbol of the state of the kingdom. Literature often reflects the time period in which it was written. Toads are connected to witches.
Hurston’s use of symbolism creates a dynamic piece of literature that can be looked at through multiple lenses. The symbolism in Sweat is somewhat overt, making it difficult to not be noticed. There is a heavy use of religious metaphor, tying the story back to the story of Adam and Eve from the Christian bible. This gives the piece a personal touch, showing us that Hurston has a strong spiritual connection. It also helps to add a whole other layer, creating a depth to the story that would not otherwise be accessible.