The Chimney Sweeper Analysis

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The Chimney Sweeper “The Chimney Sweeper” by William Blake was set in a time around the French Revolution. It begins when a little boy, named Tom, around the age of five or six has a dream. With his mother diseased, his father sells him to what I believe to be a chimney sweep business. Tom has a dream all the children will be released and then if they do what they’re told will be taken care of by God. The poem shows the hardship that the children in that time era face every day. In William Blake’s, “The Chimney Sweeper”, he uses imagery, diction, and figurative speech to show the innocence and naivety of children. First, this poem reflects imagery in the innocence and naivety of the little boy Tom. Throughout the poem it sets the image as …show more content…

“You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair.” (Blake, 7). When I look at the word spoil, dark and altered come to mind. They also throw in “white” hair into the sentence. I took this as society/the world is dark and has corrupted the children think things should be and their innocence. This is another example of how naïve Tom really is. The poem also shows diction when naming the thousands of chimney sweepers. “Dick, Joe, Ned, and Jack,” (Blake, 11) are all basic names. The author chooses those basic names to show actually how many chimney sweeps there was. Basic names, basic people; it didn’t matter who but you had to be a chimney sweep. This shows how Tom is naïve by him thinking one day if he did everything that he was told he would be taken care of by God. Lastly, in “The Chimney Sweeper”, William Blake uses figures of speech to show the innocence and naivety of children in this time era. In lines 21/22 the children are getting up to work and it’s dark. Notice the dark image has returned. Also how many children in today’s society get up to work? And how many children get up to work so early its dark outside? This picture just shows how they took their innocence away from them because they had to have the children working. “Blake uses dark as a metaphor for the dark lives the children lead.”(Smpoop Editorial Team,

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