Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston Literary Analysis

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Many stories in literature are not complete without an Antagonist. The Antagonist can be the embodiment of evil or just a roadblock for the main character to overcome. In the short story Sweat, written by Zora Neale Hurston, features an abusive husband, Sykes, as the Antagonist. Sykes dominates and abuses his hard-working wife, Delia. Whereas, Edgar Allen Poe, author of The Cask of Amontillado, uses an ambiguous relationship between Fortunato, a man full of ego and arrogance, who wrongs protagonist Montresor. In both stories, the Antagonists believe themselves above the laws of society and nature; and this ultimately leads their respective demises. The arrogant never realize that their own arrogance leads to their downfall. The characters,…show more content…
Fortunato had a nasty cough that was exacerbated irritated by nitre. Nitre is also known as Potassium Nitrate. Potassium Nitrate can be hazardous. It lowers the ability for oxygen to go through the bloodstream. It can increase coughing and/or sneezing. Fortunato has a slight cough that increases throughout the story. The nitre in the cask, "hangs like moss . . . The drops of moisture trickle among the bones" (1128). Montresor acknowledges that the cough is weakening Fortunato's health. However, due to Fortunato's personality, he pretends that the cough is just a mere inconvenience. " . . . the cough is a mere nothing: it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough" (1128). Fortunato is ignorant enough to believe that he can best…show more content…
It is obvious in Sweat the evil that present. Readers have a clear idea of how terrible Sykes is. He lives off the sweat and blood of his wife while he fools around with another woman who is younger and more robust than she is. Despite the colloquial language, the author tells us exactly what Sykes' has done to Delia over the years Sykes brutally beats his wife, Delia. He torments her by evoking fear and essentially caused, "Fifteen years of misery and suppression. . ." (?). Sykes led to his own downfall. When his life was terminated, many feel his end was

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