All of the authors during the Harlem Renaissance were expected to write about race with a political mind set.
You are here Home Spunk: A Discussion In the short story, the author presents quite a number of instances where an individuals inability to forego some wants ends up informing their downfall.
For instance, two individuals whose downfall can be attributed to the desire for a single woman and their inability to cede ground include Spunk and Joe. Each in his own way sees it as his personal mission to enhance the happiness of Lena and hence neither is ready to give up the fight for what he or she believes in.
To highlight their unyielding desire which fuels their insensitivity and inability to make sacrifices, it would be appropriate to look at the specific actions of Lena, Joe and Spunk.
For instance, instead of being involved with Lena while he knew very well she was still married to Joe, he would have encouraged her to pursue a divorce instead.
Further, the communal outrage would have probably been lower. This is also a view held by Jones When it comes to Joe, he also shares a significant burden of blame for his inability to sacrifice.
Joe could have read and interpreted the desires of his wife and acted accordingly when it was apparent she had a burning desire for Spunk. One of the options at his disposal included letting Lena go.
In that regard, less damage would have been caused if he chose to let Spunk have Lena. However, the inability of both men to sacrifice is what ends up bringing about their deaths. Hence in more that one way, their deaths act as a sacrifice for their inability to make sacrifices.
It is also important to note that the inability to make sacrifices as well as a tendency towards insensitivity is not only limited to Joe and Spunk.
Lena also stands as accused as far as insensitivity is concerned. Further, by her being involved with Spunk, she fails to make sacrifices to avert the resulting disaster. Essentially, there are several options she should have exercised including but not limited to ignoring her desires for Spunk for the sake of her involvement with Joe etc.
In the case of Spunk, a woman is convinced she no longer wants to be with her husband but the husband refuses to let go. However, it is important to note that while Joe and Spunk are convinced they are staying, John is conceived of leaving. This is because a number of other factors are at play and they hence set about to aggravate an already bad situation.
However, the inability of Lena, Joe and Spunk to sacrifice informs the death of the two men which can be taken as a sacrifice for heir hardliner positions. Works cited Jones, Sharon. Critical companion to Zora Neale Hurston:In Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat", Sykes, the main character’s husband is the biggest dominating influence in her life.
Despite the fact that she is always working to sustain herself and her husband, he always goes out with Bertha and spends all of his money. “Sweat” and “The Gilded Six-Bits,” adapted and directed by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley from the short stories of Zora Neale Hurston, at Mixed Magic Theatre, Mineral Spring Ave, Pawtucket.
Through Oct The use of irony is also evident in Chapter 6. Near the end of the chapter, Joe treats Mrs. Tony with sympathy and kindness, even though he cannot be compassionate to his own wife. Zora Neale Hurston Biography Critical Essays Major Themes of Their Eyes Were Watching God; Structure of Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Familial Characterization in Zora Neale Hurston's Spunk Fatemeh Azizmohammadi1 and Nasser Mahmoudi 2 1Department of English Literature, Arak Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran 2Department of Persian Literature, Shoushtar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shoushtar, Iran Abstract: Hurston's motives for presenting black folklore were, in part, political.
As the short story by Zora Neale Hurston, “Sweat” begins, the reader is introduced to the protagonist, Delia, as she is sorting clothes on a spring night in Florida at her home.
Dec 19, · The author, Zora Neale Hurston, uses foreshadowing in many different ways. Zora uses foreshadowing to move the plot forward and develop the reader’s interest. Foreshadowing events include Janie’s poetic use of speech, the questions and remarks of the townspeople, the pear tree, the mule, and Janie’s remark about Tea Cake.