"Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston Book Review by hicaliber

"Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston
This paper analyzes the character of Sykes in Zora Neale Hurston's novel, "Sweat."
# 94639 | 1,368 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on May 03, 2007 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (General)

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The paper explains that Zora Neale Hurston's "Sweat" is usually read as a story of Delia and her troubles. The paper demonstrates, however, how it is also Sykes' story. The paper portrays how Sykes, the otherwise tyrant husband of Delia, suffers from an extreme loss of pride that resulted from the kind of economic and social conditions the black community faced during the early decades of the 20th century. The paper shows how, stripped of his pride, Sykes uses Delia to vent his frustration and anger. The paper points out how Sykes could have improved this situation by altering his mental state, his mindset and his behavior. The paper concludes that with a positive frame of mind, sometimes even the impossible turns a lot easier.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hemenway, Robert E. Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography (1977). Rpt. Wall 149-152.
  • Hurston, Zora Neale. "Sweat." Norton Anthology of Southern Literature. Ed. William L. Andrews. New York: Norton, 1998.
  • Seidel, Kathryn Lee. "The Artist in the Kitchen: The Economics of Creativity in Hurston's 'Sweat.'" Rpt. Wall 169-181.
  • Hill, Lynda Marion. Social Rituals and the Verbal Art of Zora Neale Hurston. Howard University Press. Washington, D.C. 1996

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