ILA 2 - Lindsay 1 Alison Lindsay Mr. Elliott Literary...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Lindsay 1 Alison Lindsay Mr. Elliott Literary Genres 2/6/09 The Little Black Boy People often use stories, legends, or mythology to explain why things are the way they are. In the beginning of the poem “The Little Black Boy” by William Blake, the boy expresses his disappointment that his skin is darker than the skin of the English boy. Through the little black boy’s mother, Blake shows that despite their external appearances blacks and whites are the same once they reach heaven. To explain this concept to the little black boy, his mother tells him why God made his skin dark. Using imagery of a sun burnt face, equality of God’s love for the little black boy and the English boy, and the metaphor of skin connected to the Earth, the mother is successful in demonstrating that the difference between blacks and whites is superficial, and ultimately, blacks and whites are the same in God’s eyes. To show the little black boy the reason for his skin color and what makes it darker, the mother uses imagery of a sun burnt face and black bodies. She compares “these black bodies and sun burnt face” to “a cloud” (Blake 15-6). The dark skin protects the blacks from the light. To explain this concept to the little boy, the mother must first tell the boy about God’s ways. She tells the boy to “look at the rising sun”, and explains to him “there God lives and gives his light, and gives his heat away” (9-10). She later explains that the light that God gives away to the
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 3

ILA 2 - Lindsay 1 Alison Lindsay Mr. Elliott Literary...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online