Zora Neale Hurston Religion Essay

'Sweat' by Zora Neal Hurston and Religion Essay

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Who among us has not been shaped to some degree by our life experiences and religious or moral beliefs? The main character in the short story “Sweat” by Zora Neal Hurston is no exception to this rule, and Hurston demonstrates this very effectively throughout the story with the use of symbolism. The deeply religious, hard-working Delia seems cursed with the burden of a lazy and morally bankrupt husband, however she is able to persevere through the trials of her everyday life because of the strong influence of religion on her life. Hurston shows that Delia is shaped and grows stronger due to her religious beliefs time and time again throughout the story; not only through the biblical references made throughout, such as referring to…show more content…

Who among us has not been shaped to some degree by our life experiences and religious or moral beliefs? The main character in the short story “Sweat” by Zora Neal Hurston is no exception to this rule, and Hurston demonstrates this very effectively throughout the story with the use of symbolism. The deeply religious, hard-working Delia seems cursed with the burden of a lazy and morally bankrupt husband, however she is able to persevere through the trials of her everyday life because of the strong influence of religion on her life. Hurston shows that Delia is shaped and grows stronger due to her religious beliefs time and time again throughout the story; not only through the biblical references made throughout, such as referring to Gethsemane, the rocks of Calvary, and the river Jordan, but also through describing Delia’s devout religion when detailing her Sunday church activities and her fear of snakes which is symbolic of evil.
When we are first introduced to Delia, we find her sorting laundry for wash the next day after spending her Sunday morning in church. Although it was late at night, Delia was still up sorting and soaking the laundry, preparing for her busy day on Monday. This is where we first see evidence of Delia’s devout faith. To many religious people, particularly in the South during this time period, the Sabbath (or Sunday) is considered a day to be devoted to attending church worship services. It is of great importance to Delia that she be able to devote her

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