The Juxtaposition Of Innocence And Corruption In Blake's 'song Of Innocence And Experience.'

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The industrial revolution left people unemployed as they were replaced by machines and also their lands were seized where they had no lands to work on. People migrated to industrialized places for better opportunities. It was impossible for the common people to own factories so the people made themselves available to work at the lowest wage rate. People for their own survival started to work for the greedy owners of the industries. The owner exploited the needy individuals by taking advantage of their innocence and letting them work more for a very minimal amount of money. The winters were very cold and the chimneys in the aristocrats’ house needed to be cleaned often and only young boys ...view middle of the document...

The narrator in the Song of Innocence seems to be older than Tom by the way he consoles Tom saying getting the hair shaved is better or else the soot will spoil it. The child in the song of Experience says his parents are in the church praying to God because they think he is happy and they have made no mistake by putting him in the job “They clothed me in the clothes of death, And taught me to sing the notes of woe”(Blake,1794). The parents did not realize that it was a child’s nature to play, dance and talk.
Rousseau points out that “men are born free” and a formal education corrupts a child’s mind. In the Song of Innocence the child narrates through Toms dream about the angel telling him “if he’d be a good boy, He’d have god for father, and never want joy”(Blake,1789) how a child’s mind had been made to be think. They think if they do their work they will be happy and never lack happiness where ironically sweeping the chimneys affects their health. In the Songs of Experience the child speaks through his “corrupted experience” (Harrison,2002). The child does not believe in getting happiness if he is a good boy and is never reassured by the angels coming in dreams “God and his priest and King, who make up a heaven of our misery”(Blake,1794).
The Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience have the same subject matter but the way it is narrated from the innocent child and the experienced child...

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