Essay by eliroque July 2014

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Gender bias/difference noted in select literature:

NOTES ON "CAT IN THE RAIN"-Written by Ernest Hemingway, a male.

Told from a third-person point of view-like a camera lens.

Description is sparse-bleak, simple-periodic sentences. (Subject - verb)

A war monument is depicted in the midst of a garden.

Husband and wife are cold, sterile. She is "the American wife"

She is receiving little attention from husband-he is preoccupied with reading/alone.

She is interested in a cat out in the rain and will go and look for it.

He will go-but rather reluctantly.

She is fascinated by the hotel-keeper: his description is cold, serious, mature, odd-she likes his demeanor about facing his work. She likes his "big hands."

When she returns-she begins to act more feminine-but husband doesn't care.

She vents about what she wants-a cat, longer hair, romantic dining, and fine things.

The husband wants her to be quiet and read with him.

The cat is brought to the room at the request of the hotel-keeper.

NOTES ON "SWEAT"-Written by Zora Neale Hurston, a female.

Delia works hard cleaning laundry for the "white folks."

Her husband plays a nasty trick on her by putting what she thinks is a snake in her laundry basket of clothes.

He thinks it's funny-she is deathly afraid of snakes.

After calming down she notices that the item that scared her is the bullwhip used to drive his team of mules home.

We then learn that he detests her cleaning clothes for "white folks," but she reminds him that this is how his belly has been filled all these 15 years.

We also learn that there is another girl, younger and prettier that has come into the relationship. We also learn that he has run off on her before and even beaten her.

But Delia...