Essay on Innocence Stolen in William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper

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Throughout world history their have been and are many occurrences of society corruption and oppression of masses, such as the forcing of small children to sweep chimneys. Thus, William Blake’s Purpose in writing the two “The Chimney Sweeper” poems was to express his outrage at society for having oppressed and stolen the innocence of powerless children in forcing them to sweep. Both poems are similar in that he uses the actions and view point of the child speaker to express his rage against society, mostly through his verbal irony. However, the poems distinct in that one shares the view point of an innocent child who hasn’t yet fully experienced the corruption of society , whereas the other one is one of a more experienced child who…show more content…
However, the dream is full of irony in the readers eyes since they can see it has benefited the child in no shape, way or form; it has only made them believe the church will be their savior so they can willingly work for the church. Thus implementing, that society is so corrupt it brainwashes the children to make them believe it is their duty to sweep “your chimneys,” thus depriving them of individual rights without their consent. The second “The Chimney Sweeper” poem although it shares the same setting and fury as Blake’s point of view, the ultimate contrast is the speakers view point; that of a more experienced sweeper who fully understands the cruel reality of his situation. Thus unlike the first poem where the poets viewpoint is implemented, in this one his anger is stated bluntly, which creates a harsh portray of chimney sweeping to the readers. Unlike the first poem where he names the child, here the speaker is only portrayed as a “black thing among the snow” thus depicting the neglect of society to view these children as actual citizens. Also, the “among the snow” depicts a symbol of purity, however him being a “black thing” shows that his hardships have rid him from his

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