How A Woman Should Be Portrayed By Zora Neale Hurston And Only Daughter By Sandra Cisneros

822 Words Sep 30th, 2015 4 Pages
As Charles Dickens once stated in Great Expectations “Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but- I hope- into a better shape.” Gender stereotype was and still is an issue and people expect that the role of a woman should be based on what society perceive them to be. In life, every great expectation has an unexpected approach and “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston and “Only Daughter” by Sandra Cisneros both demonstrates this approach through gender roles/ stereotype.
In sweat, Delia was the typical definition of a nice woman because she was a stay at home wife that did everything to provide for herself. Throughout the story, there were many instances that demonstrated the stereotypical classification of how a woman should be portrayed. Although her husband–Sykes– was fixated with her working for white people by washing their clothes, she did not penetrate on his thoughts or behavior and kept to her work. In society, there are many men that are either in a relationship or married and expect a woman to do her womanly duties as society dictates them to do.
However, as it was displayed in Sweat, Delia was not a housewife because that’s what society says she should be, but she did so because being a black woman in those time was difficult to get a decent job. So, with the little advantage she had, she used that to work for white people so that she can make a better life for…

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