`` Sweat `` By Zora Neale Hurston And A Rose For Emily Essay

859 Words Mar 25th, 2016 4 Pages
“Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner are stories which explore race relations, gender identities and religious influence in a world where whites rule, men are dominant and religion is an important key in life. Race relations are explored when Delia Jones is stuck doing laundry for the whites in the town. Race relations are also explored when Emily Grierson is required to wear an apron whenever she leaves her house. Gender identities are discussed because in this world men are supposed to be the leader of the house. In “Sweat” Delia is the head of the house because she is the “bread winner” by actually working and owning the house while her husband goes around drinking, cheating, and abusing her. In “A Rose for Emily” Emily has to make money because she is left alone when her husband died. These two literary components can be seen throughout the stories of “Sweat” and “A Rose for Emily”. In a world where there are slaves and slave owners it good to know how race relations play a part. In “Sweat” race relations are a major part of the story. One can determine who is in charge and who is the help simply by the descriptions that the author uses. “But she was a wash-woman, and Monday morning meant a great deal to her” (Hurston, 1). “Ah done tole you time and again to keep them white folks’ clothes outa dis house” (Hurston, 1). From these statements we can tell that Delia is obviously a black woman who is working for white people washing…

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