Contradictions and Paradoxes in the Human Soul in “the Human Abstract”, by William Blake

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Contradictions and paradoxes in the human soul in “The Human Abstract”, by William Blake Before being good or bad, human beings are just humans who have to live with their own nature, which they sometimes cannot control. Man can do good or evil but he always makes it with a unique purpose, his personal satisfaction, because it is simply in his nature. Thus, human beings aware of good and evil are confronted with conflicting choices but they never act against their will. The poem, “The Human Abstract”, written by William Blake reflects on these characteristics of human beings and demonstrates how they are unconsciously corrupted by their own nature in a selfish way. The poem “The Human Abstract” contains several contradictions…show more content…
One is real and the other one is more conceptual but both represent nature as a tree of life and knowledge which influences the decisions of people. Furthermore, the tree of knowledge of good and evil makes reference to the decay of humanity, in the Book of Genesis, because of Adam and Eve. The fifth stanza makes clearly the link between “the fruit of Deceit” in the poem and the forbidden fruit eaten by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The first two lines of the paragraph contain a contradiction between terms which are commonly not compatible: “And it bears the fruit of Deceit / Ruddy and sweet to eat”. Indeed, “the fruit of Deceit” reveals the decadence of humanity, the sins of human beings and also the end of innocence. Besides, only because of his appellation, this fruit is supposed to be bad and bearer of misfortune. Nonetheless, “the fruit of Deceit” is described as “ruddy and sweet to eat” which gives the urge to eat it. Thus, despite the contradictions, men are corrupted by their selfish desires because “Of the Mystery over his head”. Moreover, the tree of knowledge gives birth to the nest of raven which symbolizes death: “And the raven his nest has made / In its thickest shade”. Effectively, the paradox is that the tree carries the fruit of Deceit and the nest of the raven which both signify mortality and darkness. However, near these two symbols of death stands a gorgeous and

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