Child Labor Exposed in The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake
– In the poem, The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake (1789), the poet attempts to shine a light on the social injustice inflicted upon children by appealing to the reader’s conscience in order to free them from their nightmare existence. He uses a child’s voice as the vehicle to deliver his message in order to draw attention to the injustice of forced child labor. The speaker is a young boy whose mother has passed away. He has no time to properly grieve because his father has sold him into a life of filth and despair….
The Chimney Sweeper: Dispair
– Throughout the Industrial Revolution in England in the 18th century, many children were forced to work against their own will, to support the growing need for labor in the demanding economy. William Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper,” meticulously portrays the mindsets of two individuals obligated to carry out these societal expectations of working at a very young age. However, contrary to societies opinion on harmful child labor, Blake uses irony and sarcasm to convey his critical allegation of the wrongdoings of the church and society on their lack of effort to intervene and put an end to the detrimental job of adolescent chimney sweeping….
William Blake’s The Chimney Sweep and Songs of Innocence and Experience
– William Blake’s The Chimney Sweep and Songs of Innocence and Experience In this essay I will attempt to analyse, compare and contrast the poems ‘The Chimney Sweep’ from both ‘Songs of Experience’ and ‘Songs of Innocence’ which were both written by ‘William Blake’ in 1790-92 and 1789 respectively. These two poems were amalgamated in 1794 to create a new collection called ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’. I will be looking at what Blake says and hints at concerning the ‘two contrary states of the human soul’ in the two poems as well as looking at the message Blake is trying to convey to the reader….
William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper
– William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper, written in 1789, tells the story of what happened to many young boys during this time period. Often, boys as young as four and five were sold for the soul purpose of cleaning chimneys because of their small size. These children were exploited and lived a meager existence that was socially acceptable at the time. Blake voices the evils of this acceptance through point of view, symbolism, and his startling irony. Blake expresses his poem in first person, as a young chimney sweeper…. ;
I and My Chimney, by Herman Melville
– In his short story “I and My Chimney,” Herman Melville makes an effort to keep his old chimney, a chimney he very much acknowledges. Even though he believes the “chimney is grand seignior here” (Melville), his wife however is against keeping it because she finds it a burden and constantly complains on removing it in any way possible. It is seen that the narrator spends much of the story trying to describe how important the chimney was to him and the schemes his wife plans to get rid of the chimney…. ;