Essay about William Blake 's ' The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell '

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To understand William Blake’s statement ‘Without Contraries is no progression’ one might look at the origin of it, which can be found on the third plate in ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’ and continues with a list of examples: “Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence. From these contraries spring what religious call Good & Evil. Good is the passive that obeys Reason. Evil is the active springing from Energy. Good is Heaven, Evil is Hell” With further knowledge of what Blake meant by his statement, it is not difficult to understand that there is both Good and Evil in every Human Soul, as one would not exist without the other. Free will was given to humans by God for them to decide what part to act on and thereby distinguishing humans from any other living creature. This is demonstrated even in the earliest stories of the bible; the story of Adam and Eve, where Adam is the passively obeying God’s reason while Eve is his active counterpart and eats the forbidden fruit. However, Blake is not complimenting all Good and blaming all Evil. He draws attention to this in his collective work ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’ and claims it is ‘showing the two contrary states of the human soul’. The majority of the poems in Songs of Innocence have at least one contrasting opponent in Songs of Experience. This juxtaposition draws attention to their meaning.
The following analysis shows how the necessity of contraries is…

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