Sweat Characters

Sweat Character List

Delia Jones

Central character to the story, Delia Jones is a hardworking timid woman, who provides for herself and her husband by washing cloths. She is married to an abusive man named Sykes, who does not even allow her to do her work in peace. Supposedly she was very pretty when she married Sykes as a young woman, but regular beatings and psychological torture have had their effect on her. As if beating her and humiliating her by flaunting his mistress around the town wasn’t enough, Sykes decides to bring a snake home to Delia. Delia is mortified, but after all the presence of the terrifying animal works in her favor. One day, when Sykes sets the snake free inside of the house, it is he who gets bit by it instead of Delia. For a moment, Delia feels she should help Sykes, but eventually she waits for him to die.

Sykes Jones

Sykes is an abusive man who tortures his wife Delia both physically and mentally. He has no income and takes Delia’s hard earned money to pay for his mistress’s hotel. He wants to kill Delia by setting a snake free in their house, but eventually it is him who gets bitten and dies.

Bertha

Bertha is Sykes' mistress. The only information the reader is given about her is that she is fat and that Sykes pays her rent by taking Delia’s money.

Jim Merchant

Jim is one of the man engaged in the discussion about Delia and Sykes on the porch of the store. He says Bertha is fat and that Sykes was always crazy about fat women, which seem to be the exact opposite to Delia.

Walter Thomas.

Jim is one of the man engaged in the discussion about Delia and Sykes on the porch of the store. He mentions that Delia used to be pretty before she marries Sykes.

Old Man Anderson

Jim is one of the man engaged in the discussion about Delia and Sykes on the porch of the store. He suggests that the men should kill Sykes.

Joe Clarke

Jim is one of the man engaged in the discussion about Delia and Sykes on the porch of the store. He is the shop owner.

Joe Lindsay

Jim is one of the man engaged in the discussion about Delia and Sykes on the porch of the store.

Eljah Mosely

Jim is one of the man engaged in the discussion about Delia and Sykes on the porch of the store.

Moss

Jim is one of the man engaged in the discussion about Delia and Sykes on the porch of the store.

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