Time will tell
Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, shot story writer, playwright, folklorist, activist and an anthropologist. She was born in Nolasulga, Alabama in 1891 and a few years later she and her family moved to Eatonville, Florida, to one to the first incorporated all black community. She was a writer during the Harlem Renaissance, also known as “the new negro movement”, however; her writings were not given proper recognition at first because they were not of the normal for that time period. The short story “Sweat,” by Hurston written in 1926, seems to demonstrate the relationship of a bad marriage or a salve and master relationship. Hurston uses theme, symbolism and irony to establish the relationship between the abusive husband and the loyal wife. Throughout the story, it becomes noticeable that the husband does not follow by the saying, “do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). The use of symbolism and irony will show that the good will prevail and the husband will finally get what he deserves.
The overall theme of the short story would be empowerment and survival. The theme of survival was set at the beginning of the story when Delia was beginning tormented by Sykes. As the story continued the reader can tell that this situation between Delia and Sykes has been going on for a number of years. Delia has to survive the abuse for Sykes over the years because she married him until death does them apart. The theme of empowerment was set after Sykes the husband of Delia had died from the snake bite to his neck . After he died the Delia felt that she had made it through the rough time in her life and that she is finally free from evil and hurt giving herself empowerment.
In the short story there are some symbols that represent certain ideas and meanings. The name Delia could refer to the name Delilah who in the bible emasculated Samson. The meaning is that because Delia is supporting Sykes by doing white peoples laundry. Another...