Upon realizing this, Delia runs outside and leaves the house and goes to sleep in the hay barn. During the remaining years of her life she worked variously as a newspaper reporter, librarian, and substitute teacher.
Sykes knows that Delia is afraid of snakes but goes on to frighten her with the whip, which looks like a snake. However, this action is not only used to scare Delia but Sykes wants her to leave the house so that he can live with Bertha, the mistress.
It also explores what could be the results of these actions especially for a long-term relationship like marriage. His "Not So" is another dry reminder that there is no acceptable distance behind a white women that a black man can walk comfortably without arousing fear and suspicion.
At first, he teases her by saying that he brought her a gift, which to Delia is impossible. When he first enters the house, Delia has sorted all the laundry according to colors in order to make the washing easier for her.
In other feminist interpretations of her short fiction, commentators have perceived the key thematic concern of many of her stories to be the successful quest for female empowerment.
These and other tales were collected in Spunk and The Complete Stories The data she collected over the next four years, and during subsequent field excursions in Jamaica, Haiti, and BermudaFloridaand Honduraswould be used both in her collections of folklore and in her fictional works.
In addition to having published four novels, three nonfiction works, and numerous short stories and essays, Hurston is acknowledged as the first modern African American to collect and publish folklore.
General Overviews Most of the extensive writing on Hurston falls within the confines of literary criticism, Gates and AppiahLoweor literary biography Hemenway cited under Biographies and Boyd cited under Biographies.
Hurston is interpreted as a pioneering proponent of interdisciplinary uses of ethnography; her novels were ethnographically grounded, and her books and essays on folklore were literary. The actual social dynamics that Staples describes as a professional journalist are not substantially different from those detailed from the perspective of a child and a young woman.
Where Staples and Hurston might differ the most is that Hurston seems to deny her hurt and her anger whereas Staples acknowledges throughout that the social circumstances still substantially dictating the lives of many black Americans are part of the very serious social problem of racism and prejudice.
How to Subscribe Oxford Bibliographies Online is available by subscription and perpetual access to institutions. In any story, the ending always gives the whole story its meaning since it is a culmination of all the action that took place.
He even goes ahead to put it in the kitchen where Delia does most of her work. Sykes even goes ahead to put the snake in the basket where Delia puts her washing. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling. If their marriage had been better, Delia would have warned Sykes about the snake and he would not have died.
Zora Neale Hurston American novelist, folklorist, short story and nonfiction writer, autobiographer, essayist, playwright, memoirist, and librettist. In the end, Delia gets her revenge on her husband, Sykes for his mistreatment over the years.
The ending of the story is of great significance to the plot development and enhancement of the major themes. She suffered a stroke in and was forced to enter the Saint Lucie County, Florida, Welfare Home, where she died on January 28, Biographical Information Hurston was born on January 7, Hurston is considered among the foremost writers of the Harlem Renaissance, a literary and artistic movement centered in Harlem, New York, that redefined African American expression during the s and s.
Delia tries to explain that her sweat has been feeding their family for fifteen years but he doers not listen to what she has to say. Delia does not try to seek help from the doctors on Orlando or from the Chinaberry tree.
In Hurston, then living in New York, was arrested and charged with committing an immoral act with a ten-year-old boy. He scared her intentionally and does not show any kind of remorse. By Hurston had returned to Florida, where she worked as a cleaning woman in Rivo Alto.
Her tone when relating heartbreaking memories is reminiscent of the "everything happens for a reason" mentality and it seems to be concealing repressed resentment. The message that this story is trying to pass across is purely based on oppression, infidelity and physical abuse in marriage.
This shows that he stills thinks that Delia could not be responsible for his death.Zora Neale Hurston’s use of language in her short story Spunk allows the reader to become part of the community in which this story takes place.
The story is told from the point of view of the characters, and Hurston writes the dialogue in their broken English dialect. A Cultural Psychologist. To talk about Zora Neale Hurston's writing, one has to analyze her personality, and that is the most difficult task anyone can attempt.
While no one can truly know about all the aspects of another's life, their dreams, hopes and fears, Hurston made sure her ideas were heard subsequently becoming a very prolific writer/5(9).
Zora Neale Hurston sets most of her work in or near the all-black town of Eatonville, Florida, 1 which she uses to portray lifestyles of rural African Americans by showing folk customs and beliefs.
Zora Neale Hurston is the author of "Sweat", and a preeminent African American woman who was prominent in the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a predominantly black cultural movement in the 's and 's.
As Sharon L. Jones has observed, "Hurston's essay challenges the reader to consider race and ethnicity as fluid, evolving, and dynamic rather than static and unchanging" (Critical Companion to Zora Neale Hurston.
Zora Neale Hurston, American Contrarian First celebrated, then vilified, and finally idolized, Hurston is a writer who still raises difficult questions. By Claudia Roth Pierpont.Download