The Chimney Sweeper: Literary Analysis

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A slave is classified as someone who is obligated to obey the rights and wishes of someone else, typically in an unpleasingful manner, making it degraded upon. When the majority hears the word “slave”, they think of African American enslavement and abuse. But there are many forms of slavery within many forms of individuals, all flawed in their own means. Writers of all time periods have been composing pieces depicted on literal and metaphorical slavery to use their platform of literature to give insight on the wrongdoings for centuries. Literal slavery is the term used to describe forced labor to a person or group of people, where they are typically underpaid, or not paid at all, and given harsh work with no sympathy. Metaphorical slavery is…show more content…
Slavery was and has always been a topic of discussion, based on how unjust of an action it can be, whether it is the literal form that causes death and inflicts physical pain with the heavy labor that is induced into the minority group, or whether it is the metaphorical form that gives the minority group a feeling of abandonment and an unhappy isolation. Two writers of the Romantic period used their literary fame to set a flame onto the conversation of slavery. William Blake wrote The Chimney Sweeper: Songs of Innocence to render the discussion of literal slavery within the children of the chimney sweep business. Being sold by their families to work at extremely young ages to make money by being placed into dangerous and unkempt chimneys where the food was limited and sleep was rough. Mary Wollstonecraft wrote The Vindication of the Rights of Women, which gives insight to the unjust inequality that women faced during her time. Women were displayed as objects to men and nothing more prominent or important and the lack of education to women played an important role. Both writers used their abilities to write about the important, knowing that during their time, they had a voice. Although slavery is wished to be a thing of the past, slavery is still around today in the same forms as it was before. Justified work and equality to women are rights to all of society, and due to the works of these authors and all others who have spoken, it is known and not
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