Essay on Oppression Of Children By Robert Blake

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Oppression of children Similarities and differences can be drawn between the two poems in the manner Blake uses them to perpetuate his critiques against the society for its oppression. The two poems present the condition of innocent minor children who are sold off by their greedy parents to the wealthy in order to meet their needs. In the Songs of Innocence, a little boy is forced to go through the misery of exploitation with the hopes of a better tomorrow (Blake pp. 1-2). Unfortunately, the little boy is oblivious and unaware of the kind of injustices posed to him because of his innocence due to the young age. The Songs of Experience seems to echo the ordeal of the chimney sweeper in the Songs of Innocence in a big note. The little boy over time becomes aware of the injustices imposed on him and protests against them (Blake pp. 7-8). The little boy shows a sense of protest in his speech against a society that is being unfair to him and one that takes advantage of his innocence to exploit him in meeting its selfish demands. The development of the Chimney Sweeper in the “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience” by Blake depicts the oppressive nature of the society in respect to the life of children.

The development of the poems is in a way that makes it possible to divide the themes that define the society in the long run. In the Songs of Innocence, Blake presents two boys, Tom Dacre, and the…

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