Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston

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Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston


Women Overcoming Domestic Violence



Zora Neale Hurston's "Sweat" is a short story about the struggles and hardships in the
life of an African American woman living in the south. The short story talked about the
treatment of women in these times. Many women of present times can identify with the
hardships that Delia encountered in her marriage. The story also deals with adultery in
relationships and the dishonesty and heartache it brings to a relationship. The story
gives many women of domestic violence the strength and the courage to stand up for
themselves and against their husbands.

In these times it was hard for African American women to stand up to their abusive
husbands. Getting a divorce was not a very common thing to do. Most women endured the pain
and troubles of being physically and mentally abused everyday. A number of women were too
poor to get a divorce or even runaway from their husbands. Husbands of these times
supported the family and were the only ones who had a job in the family. In "Sweat" Delia
was the supporter of the family she worked every day supporting herself and Sykes. This
was not very common in these times. Most women stayed home and watched the children while
the men supported the family. With women not working this made it hard for them to get
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