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Discuss the significance of the title of the short story SweatZora Neale Hurstons Sweat is a short story about the brutal and harsh life of a black American woman living in the south during the 1920s The story title Sweat is symbolic Some of these symbols meanings are clear from the title Sweat and others are fugitives meaning The obvious meaning that the story title illustrates is the hard work that Delia does for living Another symbol is the fear and anxiety that Delia often suffers from the snake and Sykes Delias husband Also the loss of inner strength is another reason the story might named sweat In addition the term sweat appears in the Bible illustrating the use of figurative language by Hurston The Biblical term of sweat appears in the international version of Genesis 3 as stated To Adam he said Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you You must not eat from itCursed is the ground because of youthrough painful toil you will eat food from itall the days of your life18It will produce thorns and thistles for youand you will eat the plants of the field19By the sweat of your browyou will eat your foodThese symbols use by Hurston to convey the life of a black or colored women has to go through living the south during the 1920s The title Sweat gives us a sense of what the story is about The use of Hurston title Sweat is to show that you must sweat for what you will earn The story begins describing Delia Jones on a Sunday night working extra hours washing clothes before the morning The title Sweat means the hard work that Delia physically does for living sweating her Delia is spending her day off working in Sunday because it is an unusual Sunday for her In other different Sundays she wouldve been sleeping by that
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