• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe essays

  1. True Love

    Mark laughed at the other two quietly to himself. "Your turn babe" I slurred as I slapped Mark in on the thigh. "Are you drunk?" Mark half slurred back pointing his finger at me.

  2. unlimited love

    The one I loved he was the thought of each morning, the conclusion to each day, he was one thing that bought a smile to my face, the twinkle to my eye and my life was incomplete without him. He was all I ever wanted, all I ever cared for,

  1. forbidden love

    In her community, love marriages were ostracised and unacceptable. She knew no one from her relatives that had married out of love. Her parents held a prominent position among the Asian community which explained their contentment and arrogance. To make matters only worse, her elder brother Raz was constantly keeping a close eye on her.

  2. Cafe love

    He's an attractive man. Even though he's seated he looks tall, six foot at least. Clean shaven, glossy hair with a small amount of gel and shiny shoes which is a clear sign that he takes care over his appearance.

  1. Gangster Love

    Dave was very proud. So proud in fact that he put it to the other captains in the North West bandits (NW bandits) that I should become a soldier. I was the youngest ever to be accepted and it meant everything to me.

  2. Rural Love, Life and Labour.

    He shouted to me as I rushed passed him. I turned around and saw his head bobbing just above the sea of people. I think he felt an element of sorrow for me, going out to work at such a young age. Unknown to him so many of the teenagers living in the favelas work for their families too.

  1. My Wilted Rose.

    No, I just wanted Linda back. It was not grief I suffered, but rage and bitterness. I had not shed a tear, but the fury had never left me. Sometimes I thought Patrick didn't seem to care, he just got on with his life, and a hard, busy life it was.

  2. One love in Amsterdam

    My name is Ethan but my friends call me big Ethan. Now would they call a handsome guy like you big Ethan, because I am, big, cuddly and strong. My prediction was wrong she was not shy at all. What is your name young lady, Jasmine, my name is jasmine but you can call anything you want.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work