While Delia was hard at work, Sykes would come and knock down all the clothes she had done for the day. Just out of spite to show his masculinity after he knocked down the clothes he would make sure to walk his dirty feet all over the white clothes.
Sykes would call her a hypocrite for going to church and coming back to work on the white folks clothes (Hurst 231). He was always telling Delia that he was going to put his fist up side her head If she did not mind him. Another way he would put her down mentally would be to tell her she was ugly skinny that she had no heap.Delia was always there to support Sykes for whatever he needed. But Sykes had different plans for the money that he received. Sykes was committing adultery right behind Deli’s back.
Not even a year after the marriage Sykes had a woman on the side named Bertha (Hurst 232). Sykes wanted to kick Della out of her own home but she was not having it, her home was all she had it was lovely to her. He tried to tear her down by being seen in town with his mistress buying her magnificent things as Della was working hard to give him money or those things.Sykes made Bertha think he was very wealthy and paid for her rent In town (Hurst 235). Sykes was very abusive in the physical way as well. For example, two months after the wedding, he had given her the first brutal beating (Hurst 232).
But Delia would just pray for she relied on God to show her the way. When Delia was working hard he would come in and put a horse whip on her shoulder scaring her to think it was a snake. They would always getting into fist fights and Sykes would know her down pounding her with his fist.
Sykes wanted Delia out of the house as stated above, so he could move in his mistress. One day Sykes returned home before Delia and planted a rattle snake in a soap box, where Delia would sure to find It. His plan did not go as planned for he was the one bitten and died Instead of Della. I believe this is karma like Della would said, “Oh well, whatever goes of the Devil’s Back, I got to come under his belly'(Hurst 233). In conclusion, Della got through her day to day life with her belief In God.Della was a God-fearing woman who goes through trial in her life but knows God will n e Her work also Kept near sane, seen always mace sure ten went people Ana their clothes on Monday.
Deli’s religious devotion also signals her as a significant player in the battle of good and evil. She would use her religion toward her hatred for her husband and it would give her stability and strength. In my opinion I feel that this short story shows the saying “what comes around, goes around,” to show some truth.
Works Cited Tioga, Dana and R. S. Gwynne, des. Select Writers of the Twentieth Century: A Brief Anthology.
Hurst, Neal Zorn. “Sweat”. 230-239