Child Labour Essay

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The Age of Stolen Innocence: Child Labor during the British Romantic Period “Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends (South).” Children in Britain during the British Industrial Revolution had their armor stripped away; they were left vulnerable and unprotected from the harsh realities of the world. Child labor was prominent during the British Industrial Revolution which led to the corruption of children in Britain. Many children were forced to work and lost their chance to have a childhood. The factories the children worked in were filled with machinery and left in harsh conditions leading to the awareness and advocacy against child labor. This was led by literary authors and poets including: William Wordsworth and William…show more content…
This revealed the physical damage that children endured while working in factory which was the effect of child labor. Some adolescents were “killed in gas explosions (Industrial Revolution).” Some of the children lost their limbs, while others were burned by the machines. Not only were adolescents harmed by the machines, they were also abused by the supervisors in which they were shackled if they ever tried to escape the factories. “... sometimes they beat me, if I am not quick enough with their hands; they strike upon my back (Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia).” One boy testified, “…. child laborers in that mill were locked up night and day.” Majority of mills such as textile or cotton, were run with heavy chemicals such as formaldehyde, azo dyes, benzidine and many other chemicals. Children had no choice but to inhale these chemical which deteriorated their…show more content…
William Wordsworth was one of the poets. Wordsworth recognized the childhood of the children working in factories. He wrote poems to contrast the way he grew up with nature and happiness and the way children of the middle eighteenth century are forced to grow up. Wordsworth once said, “Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark. And shares the nature of infinity.” Children were forced to remember and live with the miseries with their past of working in factories which led to the relentless suffering of children’s childhood. William Blake was against children working as well. He believed that children innocence should be preserved and protected. Through his poems, such as the “The Chimney Sweeper”, Blake exposes society’s abuse to children in which he shows how society corrupts child innocence and imagination. “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro ' narrow chinks of his cavern (Blake).” To Blake, society has closed themselves of seeing how working has affected adolescents physical, mentally and emotion in which led him to the advocacy for children’s

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