Objects & Places from Sweat

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This object symbolizes both hard work and Sykes' resentment about his wife's source of income. This object is associated with the protagonist's work and is also used by the protagonist's husband when he puts a rattlesnake into dangerous proximity to the protagonist.


This object symbolizes intimidation, control, and cruelty. It is used by the protagonist's husband to frighten her at the start of the story. The protagonist also complains of her husband's incessant use of this object in his cruel treatment of her pony.


This object symbolizes a means of survival and a source of contention between husband and wife. This object is used by the protagonist in the yard and in the house to complete her work and at the end of the story, when he husband is dying in the doorway of their home, the narrator references his one good eye seeing this...

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