What is the significance of the title of the story "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston?

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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 the story.

The narration is third person with the narrator telling the story through the eyes of this sensitive black woman who finds the courage to finally stand up to her abusive husband Sykes.  Delia represents the women who live in fear of their mates;  but something finally happens to push them to a breaking point, and they fight back.

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The title of the story comes from the hard work that Delia does every week washing clothes for the white people in the nearby city of Winter Park.  The sweat of her brow has made enough money to buy her home and fund her lazy husband because he does not work.  Delia’s sweat could be viewed as...

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