Chimney Sweeper Essay Analysis Thesis

If you have read Charles Dickens's classic novel, Oliver Twist, you will remember that Oliver was almost apprenticed to a Mr. Gamfield who worked boys as chimney sweepers until gentlemen object,

"It's a nasty trade," said Mr. Limbkins, when Gamfield had again stated his wish.

"Young boys have been smothered in chimneys before now," said another gentleman.

Like Dickens's subtle invective against the occupation of boys as chimney sweepers, William Blake, too, exposes the horrible...

If you have read Charles Dickens's classic novel, Oliver Twist, you will remember that Oliver was almost apprenticed to a Mr. Gamfield who worked boys as chimney sweepers until gentlemen object,

"It's a nasty trade," said Mr. Limbkins, when Gamfield had again stated his wish.

"Young boys have been smothered in chimneys before now," said another gentleman.

Like Dickens's subtle invective against the occupation of boys as chimney sweepers, William Blake, too, exposes the horrible cruelty of this occupation.  It is Blake's intention as well to bring to the public's attention the need to do away with such a practice that exploits small boys.  In 1788 there was a Chimney Sweepers' Act passed; however, it only marginally improved conditions for the boys.

So, with all this in mind, your thesis could state that William Blake writes a poem of social protest for the innocent in his "The Chimney Sweeper."  The three opinions of this thesis could reflect what is contained as main points in the poem. Another idea is to have the thesis state how Blake demonstrates in "The Chimney Sweeper" demonstrates how the society of his day puts commercial values ahead of moral ones.  Then, the three points of the thesis can be in which ways this demonstration is accomplished. 

e.g. In his poem, "The Chimney Sweeper," William Blake demonstrates how the English society of his day places commercial values ahead or moral ones by ____.______.and _____.  [find verses that answer HOW]

Child’s Loss of Innocence
English 102: Literature and Composition
Spring D-19
Linda Kashiwabara L23850100
APA Sixth Edition

Outline
  I. Introduction
  A. Background on William Blake
  B. Thesis Statement
  II. Theme of poem and first stanza
  III. Use of Simile
  IV. Use of Visual Imagery
  V. Visual and Rhythmic Structure and use of alliteration
  VI. Conclusion
  A. Repeat thesis statement

Thesis Statement
Blake uses alliteration, visual imagery, simile, and symbolism in his poem, “The Chimney Sweeper” to illustrate his disgust in child labor conditions.

William Blake was born in 1757 in London, England.   He married Catherine Sophia Boucher in 1782 to whom he taught to read and write.   Blake was an engraver and a great illustrator of other poets works who worked on his poetry when he could.   Much of his poetry was written during the Industrial revolution and French revolution.   Although William Blake never had children of his own, he was appalled at how children in the work force were treated during this time.   Blake uses alliteration, visual imagery, simile, and symbolism in his poem, “The Chimney Sweeper” to illustrate his disgust in child labor conditions.
In “The Chimney Sweeper,” Blake brought to light issues regarding child laborers working in dangerous work conditions.   The poem begins with the narrator being sold by his father at a young age. Typically in the 1780’s, children were sold as early as six or seven years old.   The narrator is so young that he cannot say sweep instead he says “‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep!” (Blake, 2010).   Chimney sweeps work all day long and then lay on the bags of soot at night.   The children have no sense of what it means to be a child. Sold at the time that they are supposed to be running and playing with their friends, the ability to think like a child is taken away from them.   So therefore, the theme of “The Chimney Sweeper” seems to be the children’s loss of innocence.  
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