Oliver Sweeper Analysis

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Critical Analysis between the Poem “The Chimney Sweeper” by William Blake and the Charles Dickens, movie “Oliver Twist” “The Chimney Sweeper,” the title of a poem by William Blake was published in two parts in the books “Songs of Innocence” in 1789 and “Songs of experience” in 1794. The movie directed by Roman Polanski in 2005 is based on the book published in 1838 by Charles Dickens who was a prolific and highly influential 19th century British author. “Oliver Twist,” is set in the 1800s and tells the story about a young orphan boy who is forcibly brought to a workhouse in England on his ninth birthday. Blake and the movie “Oliver Twist” portray how childhood and the idea of childhood have changed. William Blake, who wrote…show more content…
The poem tells the story of children as young as four and five, where child labour was an everyday occurrence in England in the 18th and 19th century. Beginning at a young age, boys were sold to clean chimneys due to their small size. The boys were subject to harsh and abusive treatment, usually came from a poor family, which was socially accepted at the time. In the poem a young chimney sweeper named Tom Dacre, tells the story from the poem as it was written, his mother died when he was very young, and his father sold him to chimney sweepers. Tom gives his interpretation about how sad he was about being sold and sweeping chimney’s, all he wanted to do was cry but he was too tired. Tom describes a dream he had while sleeping; to me it tells a story that all four of Tom’s friend had died and were locked up in coffins of black and an angel appeared took them to heaven. The movie “Oliver Twist”, tells the story of Oliver’s life, who is born in a workhouse in England in the 1830s. Oliver’s mother was found on the street and dies just after giving birth to Oliver. Oliver spends his first nine years in a poorly run home for young orphans and then is transferred to a workhouse for adults. The movie shows how child was prominent in the 1800s and how childhood differs for children in
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