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by Zora Neale Hurston

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Compare the theme of sel-sacrifice in A Doll's House and Sweat.

The theme of both Zora Neale Hurston's "Sweat" and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House is that many times self-sacrifice goes unrewarded. Both women make sacrifices in their marriage, but these sacrifices are met with anger and ingratitude by each of their husbands. In the end, the knowledge of this lack of gratitude gives each woman the strength to free herself from her marriage.

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In both Zora Neale Hurston's "Sweat" and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, both women sacrifice their time, energy, and pride in order to provide for men who treat them in a subordinate and demeaning manner. The lack of appreciation of both husbands reveals the theme that self-sacrifice often goes unrewarded.

In A Doll's House, Nora helps her husband recover from a life-threatening illness brought on by his overwork in the early years of their marriage. The doctors tell Nora that her husband needs a restorative trip to a warmer climate in order to regain his health. In order not to worry her sick husband about the seriousness...

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