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Theme Of Feminism In Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston

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Religious Contributions and Feminism in “Sweat” By: Zora Neale Hurston
Words and characters represent symbols that contribute to the depth of literacy works, and these symbols vary according to cultural standards. Stemming from the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston’s work presents issues that focus on the disruption of African Americans. from American literature in the nineteenth century forward. Not only did African Americans write about their experiences coming out of slavery, but they also faced spiritual and gender changes, which altered the entire world view of their people. An important writer, Zora Neale Hurston, had “ideas concerning a folktale genre which were characterized chiefly by their reliance upon personified images” thus,
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Referring to biblical consequences, Delia must labor like all men and women for their entire lives. Related to this, Hurston writes how “Sunday night after church, Delia sorted and put the white things to soak” (175). Her clothes-washing also represents the idea of her sins just as she washes the stains out of other’s clothes. Delia’s special way of sorting clothes by using a hamper to make things “so much neater than a number of bundles lying around” also accounts for this cleansing (Hurston 175). Therefore, Delia sorts her sins and actions in life as she does her clothes. This method, a purging approach to life, mirrors Delia’s spiritual aspect as well as her relationship with Sykes. Without the ability to purge each day’s disunity from her mind, she could not have sustained the wreck of her marriage for so…show more content…
Delia’s wish for a peaceful home and garden and the only way she can maintain that is by the help of others. The men on Joe Clarke’s porch, including Jim Merchant, Joe Lindsay, Walter Thomas, Elijah Moseley, and Old Man Anderson. These men state specifically that “there oughter be a law about Sykes” (Hurston 179). Hence, these men can see the ultimate evil of Sykes and the damage he has inflicted upon Delia, “the stoutest woman of the town” (Hurston 179). A suggestion arises that something should be done. Consequently, “a grunt of approval went around the porch but the heat was melting their civic virtue” (Hurston 179). Although capable of acting, these ruling men do not. Because of this, they give only passing credit to Delia’s situation. Any help from the law will not arrive, so when man’s judicial practices fail, Delia must act on her own tuition. To do this, she must internalize some degree of masculine influence since power, until this point, refers only to men. According to Powers, “Hurston determines the validity of God or the gods not through the refinements of theological insight or the consolations of meditative reflection but through the exercise of material power as represented in a particular form of masculinity” (Powers 235). To this God or these gods, Delia must finally answer. Thus, Delia makes her ultimate stand against Sykes. She
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