The short story “Sweat,” by Zora Neale Hurston, seems to exemplify the epitome of a bad marriage. Hurston uses foreshadowing and irony to demonstrate the disintegrated relationship between the abusive husband and the diligent wife. Throughout the story, it becomes obvious that the husband does not oblige by the motto, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Hurston’s use of irony and foreshadowing helps reveal the fact that “the good will prevail” and Sykes will finally get what he deserves. From the very beginning, the reader notices the psychological and verbal abuse that Sykes puts on Delia. It was a Sunday and Delia decided to get ahead on her work for the week by separating piles of clothes by color. Fear then came upon her when “…something long, round, limp, and black fell upon her shoulder and slithered to the floor beside her” (355). Sykes’ bull whip, mistaken for a snake, invokes “great terror” (355) and extreme fear in Delia, foreshadowing an event that is to come in the future. It also demonstrates the distant relationship between Sykes and Delia. With full knowledge of Delia’s fear of snakes, Sykes continues to haunt her with them throughout the story. While Delia falls to the oppression of her husband, Sykes almost commits these acts as torture. Because of Hurston’s strong use of irony, it is evident that one day Delia will prevail and a clue to Sykes’ fate is provided: that one day he will be haunted by a snake as well. Delia is obviously the breadwinner of the family and works hard to support both herself and Sykes. Unfortunately, Sykes takes this for granted by taking advantage of the free housing while saving his rarely earned money to spend on other women. Fully aware of this, Delia mentions that “…whatever goes over the Devil’s back is got to come under his belly. Sometime or ruther, Syke, like everybody else, is gointer reap his sowing” (357). The use of irony here demonstrated that “what goes around, comes around”
“Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston is filled with many religious symbolism. Good versus evil plays a large role in the development of Delia and Skype Jones, as characters. The story is about Delia, an African American woman who is a washwoman for whites. Delia consistently looks to her religion for guidance and support as she endures the many hardships that she faces because, which are caused by her abusive husband and unfaithful husband, Sykes. Delia and Sykes Jones is a couple that have opposite….
The short story “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston tells a tale about Delia Jones and her husband Sykes. This tale tells of Delia’s troubles with Sykes and her ultimate independence from him. This story has prominent uses of many resources of language but the most prominent is the use of tone. The tone of this passage is created in a few different ways, and each adds to the overall emotionally charged tone.
The use of language within this passage helps make the tone more authentic. The language….
Being a victim of discrimination, Zora Neale Hurston went through many hard situations in her life. When Zora was only fourteen years old her mother died. After this issues she understood that she needed to be an independent woman . Many of her writings reflect and show some of the pain that she went through, and a perfect example of that is her short story “Sweat”. In this story, she created Delia a character that resembles herself. In this story, she worked hard to make a living and maintain her….
In the end of the story “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston, an oppressed wife, Delia finally gets revenge from her husband Sykes. The end of the story is significant because after being abused by her husband for fifteen years Delia finally had enough and seeks revenge. Throughout the story Sykes shows no respect towards his wife, he always mistreats her, and does anything he can to ruin her day. For example, Sykes does not respect Delia’s work even though she works very hard to support to both of them….
The Despondent Launderer
Sweat, by Zora Neale Hurston, tells the story of one woman’s struggle against the husband that has become the overwhelming source of her unhappiness. Hurston does this effectively by the use of exquisite symbolism. Delia often brings home a pile of clothes from work to wash. These clothes are repeatedly used as representation for the current state of Delia’s life, usually in direct correspondence to Sykes, her husband. Sykes, being the constant pest he is, often complains….
Sweat is a great short story written in the 1920’s by Zora Neale Hurston that centers on an abusive marriage. Delia Jones, the protagonist in this story enters into a marriage of love only to have her husband change drastically two months later. When you read this story you can see several themes at work including good versus evil, hard work, marriage, oppression and karma. The central idea of this story demonstrates a good women’s struggle within her marriage against an evil, oppressive husband….
In the short story Sweat by Zora Neal Hurston, the narrator begins the story with an insouciant tone that transforms into a form, assertive tone. This short story, similar to others, shows the characters growth throughout the story with narration, diction, imagery, and language. Through the conflict Delia Jones faces throughout the short story, she begins to development a stronger, assertive attitude. Because of Delia’s abusive husband, Sykes, he inadvertently helped her to gain strength to stand….
Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston was a phenomenal woman. At the height of her success she was known as the "Queen of the Harlem Renaissance." She came to overcome obstacles that were placed in front of her. Hurston rose from poverty to fame and lost it all at the time of her death. Zora had an unusual life; she was a child that was forced to grow up to fast. But despite Zora Neale Hurston's unsettled life, she managed to surmount every obstacle to become one of the most profound authors….
“You sho’ is one aggravatin’ nigger woman!”; this is only one example of the abuse in Zora Neale Hurston’s short story, “Sweat”. Spousal abuse is a very common issue in today’s society. Hurston represents this form of abuse through the way the husband talks to his wife and the way he treats her.
Delia is a hard-working woman who is very obedient and faithful to her husband, Sykes. Through harsh words, he cuts her down about her….
Southern Idiom of Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston, scholar, novelists, folklorist, and anthropologist, was a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Her writing career elaborated the rich black vernacular from her southern upbringing and also of her anthropology training from the prestigious Barnard College (Slawson 209). Hurston grew up in Eatonville, Florida. It was one of the first all-black towns to be formed after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and is thought to heavily influence….