A Rose for Emily" and "Sweat
1057 words 5 pagesIn Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”, and Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat”, the main characters in both of these short stories are the making of male influence, in this case negative influence, and much of their anger and hatred is intermixed with occasional feelings of adoration8. For these two female characters in "A Rose for Emily" and "Sweat", their troubles are the outcome of male control, and even though their anger is showed and solved in different ways, these two characters delve into despair and isolation because of the male influence and control in their lives; the affect it has on them is their anger and hate towards these male influences.
The two female characters in "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston, and "A Rose for Emily by William …show more content…
Adoration and hatred intermix so greatly to Emily due to her confusion she has towards these men because of the despair and isolation they caused her; she does not know how to act in response when she was presented with emotion within herself. Delia’s husband, Sykes, and Emily’s father are compared to each other because they are both men who threaten these females’ emotions and cause them great despair and isolation as a result. In both of these stories, the two women characters internally act out this repression through murder. Emily’s murder involved the use of rat poison and she keeps the body of Homer in her house. Emily’s feelings of love are mixed with a bizarre sort of hatred because she keeps Homers body, quite possibly because she feels as though he [Homer] won’t be able to leave her as her father had done. Whereas the main character in “Sweat” did not commit murder directly, her reaction to her husband’s snake bite is seen as a form of murder since she made a conscious and absolute decision to not act out and do nothing about it. Again, like Emily, Delias feelings are so confused and the lines between adoration and hatred are blurred together because she spent so much time as a wife in a obedient position.
Both Emily in “A Rose for Emily” and Delia in “Sweat” try to bring a sense of balance to their feelings of love and hate but ultimately in the