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             In the short story Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston, the audience is met with the troubled African-American couple living in the south. She writes from a third person perspective using both omniscient point of view and dialect from the characters themselves. This middle aged couple is trying to come to grips with there dysfunctional relationship. Delia is the over worked washwomen that has little time to find sanity in her marriage. Sykes is the double timing over possessive male who brings the majority of the conflict to the story. The story takes place in the early to middle 1900's when blacks weren't really acknowledged as human beings by the white society. Sykes is a rather dull character that really doesn't like his wife Delia. Sykes choice to poison his abused unappreciated partner leads to his own demise. .
             From the start of the story we find out that Delia is a hard working women that works entirely too much. The description of her on the opening page causes the reader to sympathize for her and really not enjoy the presence of Sykes. "Just then something long, round, limp and black fell upon her shoulders and slithered to the floor beside her. A great terror took hold of her. . . . Then she saw it was the big bull whip her husband liked to carry when he drove."(Pg.568 Hurston) This really puts a bad feeling into the eyes of the reader. To understand why someone would want to harm or scare a loved one creates conflict. Delia wasn't doing anything to receive this abusive behavior from her husband and yet he did it out of hatred.
             As the story continues we find out from the town's people another yet another perspective of the relationship. Sykes was once scared of losing Delia and the two were happy lovers. The comparison of the two lover to stock of sugar can is rather true for this couple. "There's plenty men dat takes a wife lak dey do a joint a sugar-cane. It's round, juicy an" sweet when dey get it.

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