What Does The Chimney Sweeper Mean

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Daniela Ferreira Lopes English 1B 11/06/15 The chimney sweeper The poem "The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake is all about exploitation, oppression, and abuse of young naive boys. The sweeps are innocent victims of the cruelest exploitation. Their lives are restricted. The imagery the speaker uses show the awful conditions in which the children were working in. The first stanza, the speaker in the poem introduces himself by saying that he lost his mother and his father sold him in a very young age. "And my father sold me while yet my tongue/ Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" (3-4). The word "weep" can be interpreted in different ways. It can be used as an abbreviation for "sweep", or more deeply as a cry for …show more content…

Rhyme in stanzas four and five, draws attention to the wind, which has a symbolic meaning of freedom. Also, the imagery used is very illustrative with deep meaning. The image of the black coffins in the dream means death. The angel opening their coffins setting them free from their reality and their present, symbolizes a spiritual being, a celestial attendant of God, heaven which is a place of peace, and light where the angels belong. Also, the key that the angel hold is another symbol used in the poem. Significantly, the color of the key is bright because brightness is sign of freedom. The real world that these boys are living is monochrome, dark, subject to the stress of that life they were living.Also, a very capitalist economy where these boys can only weep over their …show more content…

In stanza 5, the Angel told Tom, "...if he'd be a good boy,/ He'd have God for his father, and never want joy". (19-20) The boy's father sold him when he was very young, so he never really had a father, and dreaming about having a father made him happy in the morning after he woke up from that dream. In stanza 6 he simply awakes from that dream, content with the fact that there is hope. Tom is experiencing dreamy joy for spiritual comfort. This part of the poem are stating that the boys have something to look forward to after life on earth. The anguish of it is that the boys are looking forward to death. In stanza 4 is mentioned the unlocking of coffins by an angel and being washed clean in a river. These are Christian citations to Christ's resurrection and also baptism. The beginning of the stanza 5, the speaker mentions the boys in the dream were "naked and white, all their bags left behind" (17). Naked and white suggests innocence and purity. Baggage denotes sin and the cares of the

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