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Character Analysis Of Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston

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Sykes and Delia Jones have been married for fifteen dreadful years. He is nothing more than a disgraceful selfish husband. Although Delia states “She had brought love to the union and he had brought a longing after the flesh” (Hurston) Sykes resents her. In the short story Sweat written by Zora Neale Hurston, the character Sykes is a cruel and unfaithful husband. Together these two traits create a troubled character. As the story opens he scares his wife Delia by throwing his big bull whip on her shoulders knowing that she may assume it is a snake. She reacts in terror and mentions that he knows she’s afraid, he then replies by saying "Course Ah knowed it! That 's how come Ah done it."(Hurston). He sees his action as a big joke. Whereby Walter Thomas stated”But even so, he useter eat some mighty big hunks uh humble pie tuh git dat lil 'oman he got” he was also afraid of losing her. Nevertheless Sykes radical change started nearly two months after their wedding; he had given her a brutal beating. It is as if he needs to prove his…show more content…
“There 's plenty men dat takes a wife lak dey do a joint uh sugar-cane. It 's round, juicy an ' sweet when dey gits it. But dey squeeze an ' grind, squeeze an ' grind an ' wring tell dey wring every drop uh pleasure dat 's in 'em out. When dey 's satisfied dat dey is wrung dry, dey treats 'em jes lak dey do a cane-chew. Dey throws em away. Dey knows whut dey is doin ' while dey is at it, an ' hates theirselves fuh it but they keeps on hangin ' after huh tell she 's empty.”(Hurston) Clarke had spoken these true but hurtful words. This is exactly what Skyes has done to Delia use her and dry her out, he is the reason was she looks so worn down. He was a terrible husband and took away man years of happiness from Delia just to watch her suffer in sweat, blood and tears one year after the
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