Literary Analysis Of Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston

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Before we explore Zora Neale Hurston’s literary content of “Sweat” in relation to feminism theory, we must first understand the meaning behind feminism theory as well as the Author and setting in which this short story takes place. I intend to use multiple sources from scholarly peer-reviewed journals and websites that help back my sentiments of Zora Neale Hurston using her literature to illustrate a time of women empowerment. While some may argue that this story paints a picture of great sorrow for women, I believe that it is that very argument that can used to show how women still thrive after being mistreated with inadequate respect in comparison to men overall. There are many aspects of “Sweat” that allows the woman to not be depicted as…show more content…
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word feminism is defined by “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”. Therefore, feminism literary theory/criticism can be defined as a literary analysis that is broken down and viewed from an aspect of feminism theory, which basically boils down to equality and women’s rights. Considering that “Sweat” was written in 1926 by a African American female author, this speaks volumes about how this story correlates to feminism theory. During this era within the United States, the Harlem Renaissance had begun and during this time especially, is when women began to make political statements dedicated to women 's rights and the lack…show more content…
However, as time has progressed literature has finally come to terms with the feminism theory within literature and its ideologies. In this specific story, we are able to identify the traits of feminism theory with ease; Hurston allowed the world to finally accept the new dominant roles of women, while also allowing the female character to simultaneously possess every innate feminine trait along with those usually associated with the male

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