The Chimney Sweeper Essay

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In the Chimney Sweeper, William Blake portrays the lack of innocence in these young boys lives since they are expected to have attained the experience to preform such unjust actions. The speaker of the poem begins it by letting us know that after his mother passed away his father gave him up to be a chimneysweeper so he could obtain money. These two figures, his mother and father are whom kids are supposed to depend on and look up for guidance. He feels abandoned because his mother is gone and his father gave him up for money, this show just how poor his family was and how his father would do anything for a chance at a better living, whether it included his son or not. The speaker also says that he became a sweeper when he had hardly learned to talk, we know this because of lines two and three. He then learned to sweep chimney and to live with being unsanitary (covered in soot). He even mentions that he sweeps the soot and also sleeps in it; this is metaphorical because the job has them covered in soot everyday and he is around chimneys so much that he literally sleeps in the soot. The attitude of the speaker is humanitarian and sympathetic because he does not allow himself to feel bad for the situation he was forcefully put in. It characterizes him as selfless and compassionate because he comforts the young Tom Dacre instead of worrying about his being. He knows of the poor living conditions that come with being a chimneysweeper and he comforts Tom who “cried when his head that curl’d llke a lamb’s back. Was shav’d”. The speaker goes on to tell Tom not to worry about it because now the soot cannot spoil his white hair since he does not have it anymore. The simile here is when Toms hair is compared to a lambs fur, both are soft and important. Also a lamb symbolizes innocence and youth, both traits that boys this young need to experience but are missing out on since they are forced into labor. The speaker then goes in to talk about the dream Tom had. Tom dreamt of thousands of sweeper that were “lock’d up in coffins of black” the...

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