The Sins of Religion

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This is a piece I wrote as an analysis of the poem "The Tyger" by William Blake. I discuss how a multitude of religions are sinful in their own judgmental ways, and need to learn to accept all of the inhabitants of Earth as of the same essence.

Submitted: March 20, 2014

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Submitted: March 20, 2014



False Judgements of Society

An Analysis of “The Tyger” by William Blake

Written by Staci


William Blake’s “The Tyger” can be analyzed in many ways. A comparison to the morals of religion can be among these. Most religions (Christianity, Jewish, Catholicism, Islamic) tend to have their God as almighty. They pray to a figure who they see as the ultimate being who can do no wrong. This God is who created this earth and all of its inhabitants. As the poem states many times, “What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?” (Blake, 854). This can be similar to how religious folk will refer to a person who has followed a path that isn’t suitable to their religious standards, whether it be an actual crime or simply a lifestyle choice, such as being gay or of a differing religion. They will very willingly credit themselves and others who think and live similarly as being God’s humble creations, but they look at those who differ as abominations.

Just as the tiger is being described as a fearful and deadly creature in the poem, firm followers of religion describe these other human beings as sinful, and sometimes even view them as being lesser individuals. What these individuals are failing to realize is that they aren’t serving their God in the way that their own religion emphasises. An example would be the Bible. The Bible stresses that all humans are God’s children and should love each other, yet his “children” are constantly ostracizing and criticising one another. It’s as though they are questioning how the same God that created them also created this other person who isn’t exactly the same, just as the author of “The Tyger” questions how the same creator of the lamb also created the tiger. If one is going to choose to follow a religion, then they should do it correctly. Claiming a religion doesn’t give someone the right to pick and choose which parts to accept and deny.

Many of these groups will even go as far as to complain how their opinions are being treated as less important than those of opposing views. This may be true, but there is reason behind it. If the supporter of something doesn’t even know what they are supporting or they are wrongly representing it, then no attention or respect will be given.

Until all religions begin treating each other and those who have no religion as equals, the world will remain in a constant struggle full of bloodshed and hate. If they are going to accept that a God created the lamb, then they also have to acknowledge that he created the tiger.



Blake, William. “The Tyger.” Making Literature Matter: An Anthology for Readers and

Writers. By John Schilb and John Clifford. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s,

2012. 855. Print


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