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In Zora Neale Hurstons short story Sweat Delia finds herself stuck in an unbearable marriage Her husband Sykes mistreats her leaves all work to her and is unfaithful After being married to Sykes for 15 years Delia has lost all hope in the marriage The countless beatings and painful acts of Sykes have brought her over the edge She is forced to go against her strict religious beliefs because of the life in which she has been leading since her matrimony to her husband One passage that sums up many factions of Delia and Sykess relationship is as follows She lay awake gazing upon the debris that cluttered their matrimonial trail Not an image left standing along the way Anything like flowers had long ago been drowned in the salty stream that had been pressed from her heart Her tears her sweat her blood She had brought love to the union and he had brought a longing after the flesh Two months after the wedding he had given her the first brutal beating She had the memory of his numerous trips to Orlando with all of his wages when he had returned to her penniless even before the first year had passed She was young and soft then but now she thought of her knotty muscles limbs her harsh knuckly hands and drew herself up into an unhappy little ball in the middle of the big feather bed Too late now to hope for love even if it were not Bertha it would be someone else This case differed from the others only in that she was bolder than the others Too late for everything except her little home She had built it for her old days and planted one by one the trees and flowers there It was lovely to her lovely Hurston 680 This scene occurs when Delia is lying on her bed thinking of what had just previously happened Sykes had
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