Analyze Artwork Essay

687 WordsMar 1, 20093 Pages
The traditional notion that people believe is that hard work pays off. Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “sweat” contributes to this idea that hard work contributes to survival. In her story, Zora uses a few elements to get this notion across to us. She uses point of view, plot and character. This short story is written in third person point of view. We see throughout the story this is story is told as a spectator. He/she was not involved with the events going on in this story. Nowhere in this story do we see Delia or Sykes telling the story. In section two of the story we get the story of the village men. This uninvolvment gives us an unbiased view. Imagine if Sykes was telling the story. I think we would not get the idea that Delia does all the work, while Sykes plays. Or the other way around. We might have gotten a little exaggeration of how much Sykes plays, and Delia works. In this point of view, we get the idea that Delia is the only one who controls what happens to Delia. The notion of control leads us to plot. This story is broken down into three sections. In all the sections, we can see that Delia is working, and Sykes is doing whatever. In section one, the story opens up with Delia working. “she squatted on the kitchen floor besiede a great pile of clothes…” in the second section, we see the second division of the story also opens up by saying “the week was full of work for Delia as all other weeks, and Saturday found her behind her little pony collecting and delivering clothes. The third and last section also has Delia working. We see this in the third paragraph, where it states that “Delia’s work-worn knees had had crawled over the earth…many times during these months. And also at the turning point of the story, where she is folding clothes, and the snake is on the bed. At the end of the Delia survives and Sykes is gone. So why does Delia work so

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