It is said that hindsight is 20/20, that we can only see clearly when looking at the past and seeing the mistakes we may have made. In relationships, this is especially true and we frequently do not see what went wrong until the relationship is over.
This paper, by referring to particular characters, themes, and plot development in Hurston’s “Sweat”, analyzes the ways folklore and vernacular are portrayed in this story.
In “Sweat,” Hurston exhibits her talents for characterization.
The friendships one makes play a crucial part in defining who one is and helping one through their lives. Many times friends are the lifeline when life throws obstacles that appear overwhelming and they are the ones who know how to share the moments of joy untainted by jealousy or envy.
Although living in fictional settings, literary characters can be just as complex if not more so than real life people. They are creations of a writer and as such can experience the spectrum of human emotion, tribulation and joy within a few pages of a book.
Literature is a lens through which one can see the reflection of the culture wherein it was written. Books that portray struggle often reflect the sentiments of the time and stories about identity mirror the inner conflict that is present.
In 1883, Carlo Collodi wrote the children’s book, Pinocchio. Based in Tuscany, Italy, the book tells the story of a marionette puppet carved out of wood by the toy maker, Geppetto.
The story of Beauty and the Beast is a traditional fairy tale, first told by Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740. Written in French, the story takes place in the France and holds many traditional French customs within.