Themes of Protest in SOI and SOE

HideShow resource information
  • Created by: ECross
  • Created on: 28-12-16 14:42
View mindmap
  • Elements of Political and Social Protest in SOI and SOE
    • Treatment of Children
      • "The Chimney Sweeper" (SOI) - Blake denounces the rich's power over the poor, and their oppression of the poor children.
      • "The Schoolboy" (SOI) - Blake believed schools restricted the freedom and creativity of children.
      • "Holy Thursday" (SOE) - Blake questions a selfish and materialistic society that allows poor children to starve.
        • Idealised Society / Community
          • "A Dream" (SOI) - The mother ant represents an idealised society, where help is always given when needed.
          • "On Another's Sorrow" (SOI) - Presents Blake's idea of empathy for those cruelly abandoned by the class system.
          • "The Echoing Green" (SOI) - Blake's ideals for a community in harmony, where the children are unrestricted by the adults and Experience.
    • Blake's view of children / childhood
      • "Introduction" (SOI) - Blake represents the child, and nature, as innocent and naive.
      • "The Lamb" (SOI) - Blake emphasises the innocence of the child through his comparison to the lamb.
      • "Infant Joy" (SOI) - Blake presents innocence in the form of a baby, who he believed carried no original sin.
        • Negative views of Religion and the Church
          • "Holy Thursday" (SOI) - Reprimands the rich for completing charitable acts for the sake of their appearance, instead of for their own humanitarianism.
          • "The Divine Image" (SOI)  -Blake believed that God had a human image, something that was controversial then.
          • "Earth's Answer" (SOE) - Creative fulfilment is impossible under the restrictions of a material world governed by the harsh laws of a jealous God.
          • "The Garden of Love" (SOE) - Organised religion restricts joy and free love.
          • "The Little Vagabond" (SOE) - Blake implies through an innocent narrator that the Church needs to be reformed.
      • "Nurse's Song" (SOI) - Positive view of adults who don't restrict the children - controversial at the time.
      • "The Fly" (SOE) - Reveals the inhibiting nature of education in the WOE.
    • Black Rights
      • "The Little Black Boy" (SOI) - Questions conventional views and shows Blake's belief in the Abolition of Slavery.
    • Blake's view of Love (Free Love)
      • "The Clod and the Pebble" (SOE) - Love is both self-sacrificing and selfish: Blake believed you needed a balance of innocence and experience.
      • "The Angel" (SOE) - Those who follow the Church's rules on suppressing passions deprive themselves of free love.
    • Negative views of Religion and the Church
      • "Holy Thursday" (SOI) - Reprimands the rich for completing charitable acts for the sake of their appearance, instead of for their own humanitarianism.
      • "The Divine Image" (SOI)  -Blake believed that God had a human image, something that was controversial then.
      • "Earth's Answer" (SOE) - Creative fulfilment is impossible under the restrictions of a material world governed by the harsh laws of a jealous God.
      • "The Garden of Love" (SOE) - Organised religion restricts joy and free love.
      • "The Little Vagabond" (SOE) - Blake implies through an innocent narrator that the Church needs to be reformed.
    • Idealised Society / Community
      • "A Dream" (SOI) - The mother ant represents an idealised society, where help is always given when needed.
      • "On Another's Sorrow" (SOI) - Presents Blake's idea of empathy for those cruelly abandoned by the class system.
      • "The Echoing Green" (SOI) - Blake's ideals for a community in harmony, where the children are unrestricted by the adults and Experience.

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar English Literature resources:

See all English Literature resources »See all William Blake resources »