What do Eatonville and Winter Park represent in Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston?

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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 laundry all week. Meanwhile, he abuses Delia, physically and emotionally, and even feels pleasure when he is...

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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 laundry all week. Meanwhile, he abuses Delia, physically and emotionally, and even feels pleasure when he is able to frighten her. Bertha has been in town for three months, though the narrator says that he "took her frequently to Winter Park to 'stomps.'" This makes it sound as though Winter Park is a place where fun can be had, where people go to have a good time, to party.

This contrasts with Eatonville, the village where Delia and Sykes have lived for their fifteen years of marriage. Here, the men all know that Sykes lives on his wife's earnings, that she is an incredibly hard worker who never seems to complain, and that Sykes beats her cruelly and often. It is also the place, however, that Delia considers to be her home, and she has gone to great lengths to make her home a place that she will feel comfortable and at peace, especially as she gets older. Eatonville, then, represents home for Delia: a place she knows and a place where she is known, a place that she has tried to make her own by doing what is necessary to support herself, her husband, and the life she one day hopes to have. Winter Park represents something else entirely; it represents Sykes and Bertha's shallow relationship and the facade that he erects in order to impress her.

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