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Placing the “Bull Whip” scene at the beginning of the story contributes to characterization and setting and provides foreshadowing for subsequent developments. Zora Neale Hurston first introduces...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2021, 4:52 am (UTC)

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The men on Jim Clarke's porch are relatively dispassionate observers of Delia's life and marriage. They fulfill a function similar to that of the chorus in Greek drama, commenting on the action and...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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As Zora Neale Hurston’s story draws to a close, Delia Jones becomes a widow. Her husband, Sykes, dies from a snakebite. After 15 years of marriage to this abusive man, Delia had almost resigned...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020, 8:00 pm (UTC)

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Foreshadowing offers hints or preparation regarding what might happen later in a story. In paragraphs 4–6 of "Sweat," Sykes places his bullwhip across Delia's shoulders as a joke, knowing she is...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2021, 3:00 pm (UTC)

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It is possible that Delia's behavior could be interpreted as revengeful behavior. However, we must also remember that Delia is very much afraid of snakes. So, it is quite possible that her fear...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2018, 11:08 pm (UTC)

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In Zora Neal Hurston's "Sweat," many of the black, working-class characters in the story speak in a rural, southern African American Vernacular English dialect. The use of this dialect between the...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019, 11:58 pm (UTC)

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One can only speculate as to why Sykes is such an abusive, philandering piece of work. Perhaps his father acted the same way, and Sykes just thought that this was the normal way for a man to...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019, 10:10 am (UTC)

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The gossip among the men on the porch of the store centers on Sykes Jones after they observe his wife Delia Jones pass by in her rusted wagon pulled by her shaggy pony. Much of what the men say...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2017, 8:20 pm (UTC)

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Delia and Sykes, as revealed in the first part of the story, are poor. Delia works seven days a week as laundress, taking in white people's laundry. At the time the story was written in the 1920s,...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020, 3:03 pm (UTC)

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In her short story "Sweat," Zora Neale Hurston decided to make Delia a washerwoman to illustrate just how miserable and harsh her life is and has been. Her job is a metaphor for the abuse that she...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2018, 10:38 am (UTC)

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Delia probably stays with Sykes after he has been so abusive to her because within that time period women did not typically divorce their husbands. She also has a personality that suggests that she...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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Sykes may associate being fat with youth and being agreeable. It's something that he's always been attracted to whether it's that association or just a mental preference. Delia, his wife, works...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019, 4:16 pm (UTC)

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Delia Jones has been abused by her husband, Sykes, for years. He has belittled and demeaned and frightened her just for fun, and all she's done is work and work to try to support them: "Work and...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020, 1:26 pm (UTC)

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While it is never morally right to allow someone to die when help is available, it is, nevertheless, understandable that Delia would not aid Sykes, who has been terribly abusive for many years....

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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Tone refers to the way the author feels about his or her subject. Hurston seems quite sympathetic to Delia Jones, a hardworking woman who has the misfortune to be married to a despicable man called...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 7:27 pm (UTC)

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Delia may have also stayed with Sykes for some very practical reasons. The text tells us that Delia's income has paid for the house the couple lives in. Mah tub of suds is filled yo' belly with...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2018, 3:27 pm (UTC)

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The main irony in the story is that all of Sykes' schemes against Delia result in unexpected, negative consequences for him. Sykes brings the snake into the house because he knows that Delia is...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018, 7:07 pm (UTC)

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Delia and Sykes are a married couple who have a very strained relationship. She is a hardworking person, but he is not. Although her earnings have paid for the house, he speaks of it as his, as...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2020, 5:46 am (UTC)

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The story is told in third-person voice, meaning the characters are referred to as "he and "she." The point of view shifts throughout the story, though the tale is predominately witnessed from...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019, 7:22 pm (UTC)

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Delia's husband, Sykes, considers her to be a hypocrite because she is working on Sunday. Sykes reveals his attitude about Delia's "hypocrisy" in the story's exposition. After she reorganizes the...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016, 12:36 am (UTC)

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Literally, the snake is wielded as a weapon by Sykes. He brings the snake into the house in order to motivate a change in Delia's behavior. The snake is also a means of ensuring that Sykes can come...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2018, 9:14 pm (UTC)

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Their marriage has been acrimonious. As Delia and Sykes argue once again near the story's beginning, Delia thinks, "Two months after the wedding, he had given her the first brutal beating. She...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2009, 4:36 am (UTC)

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The first part of the story shows that Delia and Sykes live in respectable poverty. They are black, and Delia works very hard as a laundress who takes in the washing of white people. She stays up...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2020, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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Sykes Jones found his mistress, Bertha, in a town called Apopka, and he takes her all over Eatonville, buying her whatever she wants with the money his wife, Delia, earns from doing people's...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020, 1:37 pm (UTC)

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I believe that Delia has always been a fighter. For fourteen of the fifteen years of their marriage, Sykes has beaten his wife, but still she stayed, even though she was supporting him. If her...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2010, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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There are two settings in this short story: Delia and Sykes’s house and the front porch of a local man’s store. The setting of this story is significant because of its domesticity. Delia’s story...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020, 5:24 am (UTC)

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Delia Jones has been abused by her husband since the beginning of her marriage. In “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston, a woman strikes back against her oppressively harsh husband. Finally, he pushes...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2013, 11:28 pm (UTC)

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Delia Jones stands up to her husband’s bullying at the beginning of the story by explaining to him why it is important for her to start her washing that Sunday. She asks him to stop dirtying the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020, 10:05 am (UTC)

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The conflict in "Sweat" is between Delia and her abusive, adulterous husband, Sykes. The conflict starts when Delia decides to stand up for herself for the first time. The action begins when Sykes...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2020, 10:38 am (UTC)

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Hurston presents Delia and Sykes as having a dysfunctional relationship. Delia is shown as a hardworking washerwoman who has to put up with a bullying, sadistic husband in Sykes. However, as the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019, 1:15 am (UTC)

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It seems that Delia, a “habitually meek” character, as is stated in the story, has endured years of domestic abuse from her husband, Sykes. She works tirelessly to take care of the family, with...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2018, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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In "Sweat," the piles of laundry serve as a symbol. In the beginning of the story, Delia separates the loads of laundry into piles. This work of separating symbolizes Delia's efforts to provide...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019, 7:02 pm (UTC)

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In Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “Sweat” (1926), an astute remark by a tertiary character sheds much light on Sykes’ attitude towards the skinniness and amplitude of women. Clarke spoke for the...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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The evolving relationship between the protagonist, Delia, and the rattlesnake in Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “Sweat” (1926) symbolizes three changes in her: one, which takes Delia from fear to...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019, 7:12 am (UTC)

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Delia's work as a washerwoman is significant in many ways. First, it is hard work that has worn her down physically and she has struggled quite a bit to do her work. She works for white people and...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018, 12:31 am (UTC)

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As in most stories the rising action of "Sweat" comprises the largest part of the story. In the rising action of a story, the problem/conflict(s) is/are introduced with the series of events that...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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The main character of "Sweat," Delia, has a fear of snakes. Her husband, Sykes, uses her fear against her by telling her his whip is a snake. Sykes uses this power to show that he feels he is...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018, 7:33 pm (UTC)

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In “Sweat,” Sykes takes any opportunity to abuse and argue with Delia, and it is often difficult to tell whether his constant complaints are based on genuine anger or a desire to cause trouble....

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019, 8:17 am (UTC)

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At the end of “Sweat,” Sykes is killed by the very snake that he let loose to terrify Delia. Both Sykes and the snake represent Evil, and Delia represents Good. In this respect, the moral of the...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2019, 3:54 am (UTC)

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“Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston tells the story of Delia Jones and her struggles to survive in a hostile environment. Hurston writes the story using the black dialect common to the place and time of...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012, 10:45 pm (UTC)

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Delia runs out to the hay barn when she finds the rattlesnake her husband, Sykes, brought home to torture her inside her laundry basket. The snake evidently escaped its box by the door and found a...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020, 10:22 am (UTC)

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The title of the short story “Sweat” signifies Delia’s suffering at the hands of her abusive husband, Sykes. Delia is a wash-woman who toils to keep her household afloat on her meager income....

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018, 12:03 pm (UTC)

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A perfectly valid argument could be made for either justifying or criticizing Delia's actions. On the one hand, allowing someone to die when you could help them is not normally the right thing to...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020, 8:39 am (UTC)

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Delia’s has a fear of snakes and Sykes intends to get her to move out of the house using this phobia. If she does not move, Sykes will use the snake to get rid of her. This is the premise at the...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2013, 6:43 pm (UTC)

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"Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston is set, like many of Hurston's works, in a small town in central Florida. Hurston herself was brought up in Eatonville, Florida, and later returned to Florida as an...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2015, 6:35 pm (UTC)

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Dramatic irony is a situation that occurs within literature wherein the audience knows some piece of information that the characters do not, creating a very unique tension within the narrative....

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020, 12:23 pm (UTC)

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Phallic symbols refer to objects inferred to resemble the phallus or penis. I say "inferred" because what constitutes a phallic object is subjective. For example, some people might think a tall...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019, 4:55 am (UTC)

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I'm not sure that I would personally choose "Sweat" as a story especially relevant to "the themes of racial segregation and racial consciousness" and "racial pride." Both Sykes and Delia strike me...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011, 3:01 pm (UTC)

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The respective gender roles of Sykes and Delia Jones conform to how men and women are traditionally expected to act in this location. According to the prevailing standards of the time, Sykes is the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020, 8:50 am (UTC)

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One can only speculate, but it's fair to say that Delia's life will be a whole lot better now that Sykes is out of the way. Before he was fatally bitten by a poisonous snake, Sykes had been abusing...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020, 8:21 am (UTC)

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