1. Delia was the only one who worked hard physically as a washerwoman, that involved working on Sundays even despite of her religious beliefs, earning money for living. Her abusive husband Sykes was not working but was using the money Delia earned to pay rent and everyday expenses. The sweat she puts into her everyday hard work is vital for their survival.
2. Zora Neale Hurston portrays the life of a woman from the Deep South in the beginning of the 20th century, she portrays her being in an abusive relationship with her husbands, who abuses her physically an mentally by beating her and taking away the money she earns by hard work. The story portrays social inequality towards women of that time, when a woman would be scared to leave her abusive husband as she would be threatened he could kill her because of her leaving him. Zora Neale Hurston portrays a woman that seeks her freedom as independence from men.
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