Oppression In Relationships In Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston

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Oppression in Relationships
Bong, bong, bong, the mellow church bells rang as the clock struck ten; today was finally the day everyone was so anxious about. Wearing a big wedding dress, the young lady made her way through the church doors, where she saw her lovely husband-to-be waiting down the aisle. All the families cried tears of joy, clapped when the couple said ‘I do’, congratulated them after the ceremony, and laughed and danced all night long at the wedding reception. This was the start of her new life, and she believed every day would be as fun and nice as this day was, except that was not the truth. After a few months, she began to notice him being distant, and his attitude towards her changed to one of disrespect and rudeness. During
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In the short story, “Sweat”, Zora Neale Hurston demonstrates the harsh life of a religious, African American woman named Delia, who withstands the continuous mistreatment of her abusive husband, Sykes, and finally, after several…show more content…
The tree in this scene symbolizes a new life. This is where the theme changes from oppression in a marriage to one of freedom, where good finally triumphs over evil. For the past fifteen years, Delia had to endure all his nonstop abuse, yet now she is the one who has the power over him. He crawls to where she is and begs her to help end his suffering, but she had no pity left in her. The Chinaberry tree is what separates her new life from the old, painful one, located inside the house, where “the cold river [is] creeping up and up” (Hurston 630). Delia’s life is not over; it is about to be reborn. Although she can’t do anything to help Sykes since the doctors will not make it in time and she is too scared of the snake to go inside, she mostly decides to stay outside because she is horrified by the thought of Sykes going back to tormenting her for the rest of her life. Delia is finally liberated from her abusive husband.
Undoubtedly, Hurston’s use of symbolism allows readers to relate to the main themes of oppression and freedom in the story “Sweat”. Symbols like the clothing, title, and tree help imagine how women in the 1900s, including Delia, were faced with these cruel treatments and how they felt. This middle aged woman,

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