October 20, 2014
In William Falkner’s “A Rose for Emily” he tells a story of love and tragedy. A story of how love is affected by several aspects of a persons’ life. In Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat” it is also a story of love and tragedy. This story has more of a religious feeling to it and offers a view of love in an abusive relationship. The main characters in each story are very different but similar in some ways. They both wanted love in different ways and love for them changes over time. They are unique stories and very symbolic overall. Love can be defined in many different ways, as a strong emotion or affection for someone or an object. Loves definition really depends on the person feeling the love on what the definition is.
In Hurston’s “Sweat” the main characters are Delia and Sykes, they have been husband and wife for 15 years. Sykes treats Delia as a sulky teenage boy would treat his mother. With no respect for her, along with emotional, mental, and physical abuse. He still expects her to take care of him like a teenager. Sykes also openly cheats on Delia in public with a less attractive over weight woman. He could find bigger women attractive because he associates bigger women with a maternal figure. He also states in the story that he hates skinny women during an argument with Delia. “Gawd! How ah hates skinny wimmen!”(Hurston 733). Sykes is also dependent on Delia financially because he gambles away his money. This helps fuel his anger and resentment towards her. Enough to even want to kill her because he knows Delia will not leave the house she has worked so hard paying for easily. The men in town even gossip about the abuse Sykes does and type of man they think he is...
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...ng her alone. She had kept his dead body for years just as she tried to do with her fathers. In the end love for her was just having a body to embrace and never feeling alone again.
In Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”, and Hurston’s “Sweat”, the two women characters are both the making of male influence, in this case negative influence, and much of their anger and hatred is intermixed with occasional feelings of adoration. Emily’s influenced by her fathers over protectiveness and possible abuse. Emily never knew what it was like to love someone in the traditional ways and love for her became not being alone. Delia as influenced by her abusive husband. Her love turned into hate, sweat, and work. Delia became to love only what she had worked and sweated for. They both wanted love but that loved changed for them overtime due to the male influences in their lives.
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