`` Sweat `` By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

713 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 3 Pages
for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish, till death do us part

Although the author, Zora Neale Hurston, utilizes a varying array of symbolism, imagery, irony, and a magnitude of other literary techniques in the short story “Sweat”, it is the grim themes of marriage, abuse, and karmic irony that are the driving forces throughout the story. The protagonist’s role in her emotionally and physically abusive marriage was a reflection of the meager amount of self-respect and dignity she possessed. Furthermore, “Sweat” was a representation of the majority of African-American women in the early 1900s.
Like most authors and novelists, Hurston did not write to simply put words on a page. Hurston was a conduit for the muffled voices of the oppressed African-American people during the early to mid-twentieth century. While she did not lead over 20,000 people in marches through Selma or Washington, Hurston was an influential civil rights activist by her own merit. Laurie Champion states, “although critics initially objected to Hurston 's works because she failed to take a political stance that focused on the plight of blacks in a racist society, during the 1970s, her works were rediscovered and fresh critical interpretations pointed out social and political concerns she addresses” (156). Though her work paved the way for compelling, female African American authors and activists such as Maya Angelou and Alice Walker, Hurston’s stance…

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