Hank was Tracey’s husband and Jason’s father. He passed away prior to the events that take place in 2000; it’s implied that he was killed in a work-related accident at Olstead’s Steel Tubing, where Tracey and Jason still work. As Tracey and Jason are ganging up on Oscar for taking temporary hours at Olstead’s while they’re locked out of the plant, Tracey asks Jason what Hank would have done in this situation in order to provoke Jason into physically attacking Oscar—an assault that culminates in Stan being inadvertently hit in the head and permanently disabled. In this way, though Hank is only mentioned a few times in the play, his memory is a catalyst for the play’s central tragedy, exemplifying how grief can be a destructive force that drives people to act impulsively.
Hank Character Timeline in Sweat
The timeline below shows where the character Hank appears in Sweat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, Scene 3
Act 2, Scene 6