The two female characters in "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston, and "A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner are torn between adoration and hatred with no obvious gray area in site, towards the direct male influence and control in their lives. In both of these stories, it is difficult to determine these female emotions with any certainty. Although clarity is vivid in the male dominance on the female character’s feelings of adoration and hatred, its effect is clearly seen in their despair and isolation they experience. All of these female main characters give the impression of desire to love the men that have so much dominance over them, but ultimately they crack beneath the massive emotional burden of this male control.
In Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat”, the main character’s husband, Sykes, is the major controlling influence in her life. Even though she is constantly working to maintain herself and her husband, he is constantly out with Bertha spending all of his money. Her anger is obvious when she states how much she hates him, yet there lines showing she still remembers love. For instance, “Ah hates you tuh de same degree dat Ah useter love yuh.”(1093). Delia remembers how she used to feel about Sykes, especially back when they were first married and she remembers planting flowers and trying to make a nice home (1090), but his
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