Her Sweet Jerome

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"Her Sweet Jerome" is a short story about a married, black couple. Their relationship is not working and they don't really love each other. The female character is lying to herself. She pictures herself as sexy and beautiful but she is described as a big and awkward woman. She is trying to look sexy and attractive, so she can cover up her flaws. She is also denying the truth by pretending that her husband finds her attractive, when he in fact is disgusted. Their relationship is unhealthy, mainly because he beats her “black and blue”. She is very fond of her husband, and buys him a lot of presents including a new car, but he did not like it. Jerome doesn’t really like his wife and he will rather read in his books than talk with her. But she stays with him and is a very jealous woman. She makes it her mission to find out who her husband is having an affair with, because one of the costumers at her beauty shop had told her that he was “sticking his finger into somebody else’s pie…”. She gets more determined to find the woman who is having an affair with Jerome. She gets up in the middle of the night, she threatens costumers at the beauty shop and she was looking everywhere for this woman, and in the end it turned out that he didn’t have an affair. Jerome is a school teacher, and since the female character doesn’t have an education, her father leaves all of his money to Jerome. She comes from a “coloured family with money”. Their relationship is very unequal and he is basically using her because of her money. When he inherits the money he doesn’t tell his wife what he has spent it on, but she doesn’t really care as long as it is not spent on another woman. The main character discovers that Jerome is working for black equality, and it is ironic because he is depressing his wife because she is not as smart as him. In the end all of the words she doesn’t understand overwhelms her and she burns Jerome’s books of revolution. The root to their problems is their...
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