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"The Lamb" and "The Tyger" essay
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Evan Doi


Mr. Stamos


English 4


December 14, 2004







            In both “The Lamb” and “The Tyger” William Blake shows the reader both the good and evil of man.  “The Lamb” gives one the good and the innocence that man possesses.  I believe that William Blake believed that all men are innocent in the eyes of God and though man does do wrong the good of men can always bring him back.  Blake shows this innocence in “The Lamb”.  In the first two lines of this poem Blake writes “Little Lamb, who made thee? , Dost thou know who made thee?” By asking if the lamb knows who made him he taps into a sense of innocence in the lamb he taps into an almost child like state of mind were the lamb doesn’t know who his creator is all the lamb knows is that he is alive.  And with this innocence it shows a faith in the good of man that Blake holds.  But with the poem “The Tyger” Blake conveys a certain negativity with how evil man could be and how mans innocence can be deceiving.  In lines 3 and 4 the reader can see how Blake portrays the dark side of man “What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”.  With the tiger Blake can show even though man can be pure hearted like the lamb he can still change and become dark and evil like the tiger. 


            I do believe with Blake’s views on innocence. I believe that all men are innocent wither it be in the eyes of God or if it were in the eyes of the beholder.  Man is born innocent and will die innocent its what man does between birth and death that determines wither mans innocence is true.  For only man himself can shape his destiny and wither he lives a life of innocence and purity or lives a life of despair  is up to him and nor God or nature or any other higher being can change that.

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