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 would fit in the chimneys. Poor people would sell their young children for a small amount of money. Industrialization and greed not only destroy ones innocence but it also limits an individual's freedom of living. The young children were exploited and made to sleep in the soot. They were given low wage rate but their work were too much and even their health was affected. During the Romantic Period many of the poets wrote about children and the way they were exploited and how their innocence is taken away. Children are pure and have very close relationship with nature but the mankind has destroyed it (Adam, I., ed.al., 2003, p 61) They were restricted from every ethical right they had such as right to live and right to speech. Without really asking for their consent the parents sold them. Greedy people took advantage of their innocence and used them. The innocent children felt as if they were locked up in a coffin but there was still a hope in them that an angel would come to rescue them which shows that they wished to be free from this torn lif... ... middle of paper ... ...ongs of Innocence. Works Cited Adam, I.,et al. (2003) Fifty major political thinkers. Roudledge, London and New York. Blake,W.(1794). Eng 203: Romantic and victorian literature. The chimney sweeper(songs of Innocence). Thimphu. Blake, W.(1794). Eng 203: Romantic and Victorian literature. The chimney sweeper (songs of Experience). Thimphu. Gale, Cengage Learning (2013). Overview: The chimney sweeper. Retrieved from Gale Online Encyclopedia. Harrison, J. (2002). Blakes chimney sweeper. Ontario: EBSCO Publishing. Linkin, H., K.(2005). The language of speakers in songs of innocence and of experience. Gale: Cengage Learning. Rowhanimanesh, M.(2011). British romantic poetry and the concept of childhood. Retrieved From http://www.cscanada.com

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