Sweat Analysis The short story “Sweat,” by Zora Neale Hurston, is the story of an African American couple in Florida in the early twentieth century. The major theme of the story is oppression and resistance. All three characters (Delia Jones, Sykes Jones and the rattlesnake) are oppressed and resist oppression in a variety of ways. In this essay, I argue that “Sweat” is ultimately a story of oppression and resistance. In this case, the oppression and resistance in this case is cyclical with those who are oppressed oppressing others in a long chain of oppression. The oppressed often resist, however, resulting in a circle instead of a chain of oppression. The most important aspect of this story is the symbolism. There are three symbols...The end:
.....themselves. It is in this environment that people like Sykes try and gain control by oppressing others. In conclusion, “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston is the story of oppression and resistance in the American South. This theme is largely developed through three symbols. These symbols are used to create an allegorical tale. The highly regionalized setting aids in the development of the theme. It lets the reader know this is an oppressive environment and who are in it are also oppressed. Works Cited Gwynn, R.S. ( ed ), Literature a Pocket Anthology, Fourth Edition, Penguin Academics, New York, 2009. Neale Hurston, Zora , “Sweat” in Literature a Pocket Anthology, R.S. Gwynn( ed ), Fourth Edition, Penguin Academics, New York, 2009: 127-139.