Analysis Of `` Sweat `` By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

1139 Words Oct 21st, 2016 5 Pages
When perceiving a man, what comes to mind? Is it a man who is masculine, virile, and aggressive? Or is it a man who is passive, timid, and submissive? Coming across two stories about two men, I find them both similar in various ways. The first story is “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” by Richard Wright. The other story is “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston. The common denominators of both stories share a trait of male dominance. With the similarities of the two stories, a man should be strong, respectful, and make logical decisions without using their male dominance as a clutch.
In the story, “Sweat”, there is a guy, named Sykes, who is very disrespectful to his wife, Delia. He is mischievous, malicious, commits adultery, and regards Delia with contempt. Is that what we call a man? Sykes gains confidence in the idea of women feeling threatened by his actions. A common norm in relationships is for the partners to inform one another where they are going; Sykes thinks of the act as being submissive- something he refuses to be in his relationship with Delia. He wants to control Delia wholly with commands; he tells her to quit her job- that was headed by white folks- but she does not quit. This displeased him greatly. Sykes has to have things go according to his wants; he kicks clothes around and verbally abuse Delia. At this point, we see that Delia does not submit, but Sykes is not having that. He becomes a brute, manipulative, and provokes Delia by putting a snake inside of the…

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