Imagery in The Chimney Sweeper
Darkness: Darkness is a recurring image in “The Chimney Sweeper.” The black coffins, the soot of the chimney, and the skin of the chimney sweeper covered in ash signify a loss of innocence. White is often associated with innocence in Christian symbolism, so the vivid imagery of darkness stands in direct contrast. Images of darkness accompany the children’s work as chimney sweepers, implying that the causes of their loss of innocence are the labor and the harsh conditions.
Imagery Examples in The Chimney Sweeper:
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"That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned, & Jack, Were all of them locked up in coffins of black...." See in text (The Chimney Sweeper)