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Sweat: Play Symbols & Objects

Lynn Nottage
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Motorcycle

Jason’s motorcycle is symbolic of his desire to escape life in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the third scene, Jason and Chris discuss the Harley bike. It is one of the few times that Jason shows excitement in the play. He mentions that the motorcycle he wants to buy is similar to the one his dad owned. In a way, this bike would tie him to his late-father. Although Jason’s need to escape is strong, he is still tied financially to his town. He comments on this by saying, “Fucking union got all our money tied up in benefits and shit, don’t have nothing left for fun” (1.3.29). While Jason seeks a greater form of independence, he is unable to fully express this need. Instead, he pours his money into a motorcycle like his father.

Machines

The machines at Olstead’s plant represent the lifestyle of...

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