Zora Neale Hurston Sweat Analysis

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Is one person worth suffering over to keep what is rightfully yours? In Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston, I examine this reality that Delia is forced to face throughout the text. Delia’s conflict she is torn between losing everything that she has put her tears, blood, and sweat into or continue to suffer under the harsh conditions of her marriage. She attempts to mend her tainted marriage, then she makes an effort to avoid him but ultimately she finally let’s Syke reap what he sows. Delia attempted to face her demons by simply making peace with them in hopes that they would not haunt her life”(Hurston 5). Delia had attempted a timid friendliness, but was repulsed each time”. Though Delia tried 15 years of mental, emotional, and physical abuse could not be forgotten nor even thought to be looked over. 15 years of adultery behind her back and in front of her face, behind closed doors and in the public eye could not be forgiven. To even make a decision to rekindle any kind of tenderness into the bitter relationship they have repulsed her more than Syke and his ways ever could.…show more content…
Delia said “Ah got mah letter fum de church an’ moved mah membership tun Woodbridge-- so Ah don’t haf tun take no sacrament wid yuh. Ah don’t wantuh see yuh ‘roun’ me atall”(Hurston 7). Delia was fed up with Syke and his disrespectful and disgusting ways and finally believed that she would have some tranquility in her life and home. But of course Syke could not and would not let her have this for more than a night. Knowing Delia and her paralyzing ophidiophobia, he placed the rattle snake in her laundry basket causing her to run out of the house in a frenzy and forcing her to take safety in the hay barn for even the ground did not feel

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