In conclusion, both stories are centered on the theme of gender bias and ill-treatment of women. These texts would prove to be central to feminist discourse during the second half of the twentieth century. The two stories serve as snapshots of what generations of voice-less women endured when they had not rights on par with men. Delia and the American girl are victims in their own ways – Delia more so than the American. Though shocking to the modern reader, their stories were not atypical for the ages they lived in. But today the situation has improved. The freedoms and rights enjoyed by women can be credited to bold socially-conscious literature such as The Cat in the Rain and Sweat.
Hemingway, Ernest. “Cat in the Rain”. English Subject Center. The Higher Education Academy. N.d. Web. 25th July. 2013.
Hurston, Zora Neale. “Sweat”. English Literature Texts. Washington State University. Web. N.d. 25thJuly. 2013.