Sweat And The Story Of An Hour, By Charlotte Perkins Hurston

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Before the Women’s Rights Movement, women were subjected to the wants and needs of their husbands. Socially, women staying at home and doing what their husbands wanted was considered the societal norm. However, throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some women used writing literature as a voice to show the social injustices brought against women. As more women began to voice their opinions, they were able to start changing the way that they were viewed. Some of these women include the author of “Sweat,” Zora Neale Hurston; the author of “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin; and the author of “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Delia’s conflict in “Sweat,” the irony in “The Story of an Hour,” and …show more content…
When Delia finally comes to her breaking point, she stands up to Sykes more and more throughout the story. Delia works six days a week cleaning clothes to support Sykes and herself while her husband is out cheating on her with another woman (Hurston 732). Sykes knows how much Delia is afraid of snakes and purposefully brings a rattlesnake home to prove his household dominance, claiming that he is a snake charmer. Ironically, Sykes dies from being bitten by the snake, which ultimately symbolizes the removal of the evil out of her life (Hurston …show more content…
While her husband is away at work, she is constantly stuck in this room with a horrid wallpaper because she has been forbidden to perform any kind of work as she is on the rest cure. Her husband, who is a physician, and her doctor believe that she healthy and that the rest cure has been helping her with her mental health, but what they do not know is that little by little she has been silently gotten worse and is close to her breaking point. Soon at night the narrator begins to see women trapped within the walls desperate to be freed. Finally, one day while her husband is at work, the narrator barricades herself in the room and rips the wallpaper to shreds to release the woman behind the bars only to realize that the person she was seeing in the wall was

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