Zora Neale Hurston, an African-American writer during the Harlem Renaissance, wrote about an all-black town of Eatonville, Florida. Hurston was able to attend Columbia University in New York City in the 1920s which was quite unusual for a black woman during this period.
The story “Sweat” is a classic example of regionalism literature. She wanted the reader to be able to hear the conversations by her characters just as they would have spoken them to each other. The dialectal writing makes for a challenge but is well worth the experience.
This story uses a third person narrator, with Delia Jones as the focus of the story. The protagonist Delia triumphs not only as a black woman but as a representative for all women who are abused but face up to their abuser.
Delia has been married to the villainous Sykes Jones for fifteen years. She has been the breadwinner the entire time. Her job entails washing clothes for the white people in the nearby town. It is a hard job, but it has...
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