In the next line “So your chimneys I sweep, & in soot I sleep” (4), turns the focus from the father and the child back to the society that uses the children inhumanely.
Blake uses the word “your” to remind society that they are responsible for this social injustice; they use the children to clean their chimneys and by doing so they are essentially condemning them to a miserable existence.
Like the lamb, Tom’s head is shorn; another humiliation heaped upon an innocent child in preparation for being shoved down a chimney.
He too is the symbol of sacrifice simply because of the circumstances of his birth and the fact that he lives on the wrong side of the chimney.
He is asked about his parents, and responds that since he had always seemed so content and happy, even in the face of his work, his parents only burdened him with more because his superficial expressions seemed to be able to handle it. The child goes on further to comment about his external appearance always being happy, and because of this, his parents feel no hesitation, nor any regret, at having given the young boy the sort of life he lives. The theme of the poem is simple: Do not take things as they appear.
When writing an essay about "The Chimney Sweeper" by William Blake what is a good thesis statement for the essay regarding this poem?The speaker introduces us to another unfortunate child who appears to be younger but shares his plight.“There’s little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head, / That curled like a lamb’s back, was shaved” (5-6).The child weeps not only for the loss of his mother and his father’s betrayal, but also for the loss of his childhood and innocence.Blake cleverly uses sound, imagery, irony, and symbolism in an attempt to provoke It appears the mother protected the child while she lived but after her death he became property to be sold by the father entrusted to care for him.The speaker is a young boy whose mother has passed away.He has no time to properly grieve because his father has sold him into a life of filth and despair.These opening lines set both the scene and the tone of the poem.Ironically, if you add the letter “s” to “weep” the word becomes “sweep”, foreshadowing what is to come.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.