This paper examines William Blake's poem "Little Black
Boy" through the lens of deconstruction theory. It aims to uncover
the underlying contradictions and power dynamics within the poem
and the socio-cultural context of 18th-century British society.
While the poem ostensibly challenges racial hierarchies and
advocates against the oppression of marginalized communities, this
study argues that it inadvertently reinforces systemic prejudice.
Through a comprehensive text analysis, including linguistic
choices, metaphoric expressions, and paradoxical elements, the
paper reveals Blake's deep-rooted racism and prejudice. The
literature review explores various scholarly perspectives on the
poem's treatment of racial otherness, highlighting the debate
between challenging stereotypes and unintentionally perpetuating
them. By engaging with differing viewpoints, this paper encourages
a nuanced understanding of Blake's work within the broader
discourse on race and representation in literature. Ultimately, it
seeks to shed light on the complexities of Blake's poem,
emphasizing its potential for resistance and transformative
possibilities while questioning the extent to which it successfully
dismantles prevailing notions of racism and otherness.