Sweat

Delia and her transformation in the story “Sweat” College

Delia Jones is a weak protagonist who goes through unfortunate events with her husband to emerge as a strong protagonist in the end of the story “Sweat”. Delia starts off emotionally weak at the beginning of the story because she cannot stand up for herself, especially around her husband Sykes. She is a weak character because she is intimidated and fearful. Humans always mature when they run into bumps in the road. Delia hit bumps of her own and directly had an effect in the creation of a morally strong woman.

Delia begins the story absolutely terrified of her husband after his affair and other problems. Hurston writes in the first quote, "She lifted her eyes to the door and saw him standing there bent over with laughter at her fright” (Hurston 212). Right from the beginning of the story, Hurston makes it evident that Delia is terrified of her husband. She has the right to fear her husband, by the name of Sykes, after he over-criticized her for bringing “white folks” clothes into the house. The reason for Sykes being so critical of the “white folks” clothes could be because he is having an affair with a woman named Bertha who might happen to be white. Sykes tells his lover to,“git whutsoever yo’ heart desires, Honey” (Hurston...

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