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Comparisons of love in "A rose for Emily" and "Sweat"

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September 25, 2006 Comparisons of love in "A rose for Emily" and "Sweat" When we think about love, we usually associate it having positive effects on the lives of individuals. But as portrayed by William Faulkner in "A Rose For Emily and by Zora Neale Hurston, in "Sweat", the effects of love can be deadly. In "A Rose For Emily", Emily's love causes her to kill to keep, and in "Sweat", Delia's love causes her to kill to let go. Because she grew up under a very strict set of laws, Emily comes into contact with very few men. Actually, the only man that has any influence in Emily's life is her farther, who she loves very much. As a direct result of her father's protective nature over her, Emily grows inseparable from her father. So when her farther dies, his death sends Emily into a deep depression. One day Emily meets Mr. Homer Barron, who after dating for a short while she falls deeply in love with. Emily falls in love with Homer because besides her farther, he is the only man she has every spent any time with. ...read more.


Every since the second month of their fifteen year marriage, Sykes began beating on Delia. Other than her love for him, there is no other possible explanation for Delia to remain in a relationship for fifteen years and take the abuse that she takes. Delia stays with Sykes even though she knows he cheats on her. Not only does he cheat on Delia but Sykes uses Delia's money, because he has no job, to buy things for his mistress and to pay for her hotel. If she really didn't care about Sykes, Delia wouldn't take care of him the way that she does. She even loves him enough to try to make their relationship work in the midst of their daily fighting. Hurston says, "Delia and Sykes fought all the time now with no peaceful interludes. They slept and ate in silence. Two or three times Delia had attempted a timid friendliness, but she was repulsed each time" (p.600). This quote demonstrates that through all their adversity, Delia attempts to reconstruct their relationship. Her love for Sykes makes Delia ignorant to the fact the he will never change, and that all her attempts to ignite any flame in their relationship is void. ...read more.


In Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily", Emily's love for her father was so strong that when he died and she fell in love with Mr. Homer, she refused to let him go under any circumstances. She feels as though she needs the presence, dead or alive of someone that closely resembles her father. In Hurston's "Sweat", Delia is a fool in love for such a long time that she doesn't see anyway out. She loves Sykes for who he was not what he has become. Deep down inside she knows that the soul of the man she married died a long time ago, but love causes her to deal with the flesh of her foolish husband for so long. When the opportunity becomes available, her love allows her to Sykes's flesh rest. Both authors show that sometimes when dealing with love it can be hard to let go, but in the end it's what we should do. Also, both illustrate as a direct result of love, both women are psychologically damaged. The damage that Emily suffers causes her to kill, and the damage that Delia suffers allows her to take countless amounts of abuse, and in the end, to let Sykes die. ...read more.

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