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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 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, she tells him why God made his skin dark. With the use of the metaphors of God’s light as heaven and the grove as earth, the imagery of a sun burnt face, and the simil of ????? the mother (author) is successful in demonstrating that the difference between Blacks and Whites is superficial because they are the same in God’s eyes. To show the little black boy the reason for his skin color, the mother first tells the child the job his skin has and why this makes his skin darker. To show this she uses imagery of a sun burnt face and black bodies. She compares “these black bodies and sun burnt face” (Blake 15-6),
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