Characteristics Of Symbolism In William Blake's The Tyger

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Wondrous but Fearful Tyger William Blake’s “The Tyger” in Songs of Experience, written in 1794, describes the Tyger as “fearful” while appreciating its beauty. During this time, Blake was one of the first people to see a tiger; this inspired him to write “The Tyger” and paint the creature as a majestic but fierce being. Although the origins of the Tyger are questioned, the creator is referred to as “he” implying a male divine creator. While examining who or what created the Tyger, in addition to the industrial and fiery imagery, the answer could reveal what the Tyger symbolizes. William Blake’s “The Tyger,” in Songs of Experience, uses the creation of the Tyger, along with the dark, fiery environment, to argue the Tyger belongs to the creator's world and was created for a purpose; although the creature may be labeled as evil and symbolizes the human mind, the creature represents the other half to create a whole. In “The Tyger,” the creator of the Tyger is unnamed and unidentified. There is a reference to the creator being the same one as the one who created the Lamb, so that means the one who created both of them, “... suggests that God has …show more content…
The Tyger represents a perception in regards to who created the Tyger; the Tyger was created by God, so the creature is seen as beautiful while the Tyger is destructive it is seen as evil. Humans label objects and creatures as good or bad while in God’s eyes, the Tyger is not seen that way. When the heart of the Tyger began to beat, “[t]he heart represents not only the biological engine of the tiger, but perhaps its passion for living,” (Napierkowski, Ruby) because the Tyger as fierce being has a purpose. Even though some perceive the Tyger as destructive, that means the Tyger has a purpose. The Tyger is defined by the creator and its environment; the creature is defined by what it can bring to the world bringing the world to

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