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Sweat The play Sweat is based on an excerpt from a story written by Zora Neale Hurston The play takes place in Florida during the 1920s In the play Hurston explores many issues facing black families at that time The main character Delia faces numerous conflicts imposed upon her by her husband The most dominant conflicts in the play are Delia and Sykes marital issues The first marital conflict presented to the audience is Sykess disapproval of Delia bringing her work into their home Sykes becomes angry when he comes home and sees Delia sorting her employers laundry His reaction is to verbally abuse Delia and remind her that he does not want white peoples laundry in their home Sykes also attacks Delias religious convictions by reminding her that it is the Sabbath and she should not be working on such a holy day Delia responds to this by reminding him that her work paid for their home and put food in their mouths She also states that if she does not start her work on Sunday she will be behind on Monday The second marital conflict is Sykes blatant affair Sykes no longer finds Delia attractive and seeks comfort and affection from another woman He is constantly telling Delia that she is too thin and his mistress is fatter making her superior to Delia One afternoon as Delia is returning from her employers home she sees Sykes and his mistress at the general store Sykes wastes no time in embarrassing Delia in front of all their neighbors He makes it very clear that he has no problem spending Delias hard earned money on his newfound love That night Delia confronts Sykes and both of them confess their hatred for each other The final conflict is Sykes constant abuse and intimidation of Delia One of their neighbors recounts how the abuse began only a month into their marriage He also expresses that Sykes should
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