The Poems of William Blake

The Chimney Sweeper

How does the final stanza show us that Tom's dream has comforted him? Refer to specific details.

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Though the morning was cold, Tom was happy and warm;
So if all do their duty they need not fear harm.

On the surface this sounds like Tom is comforted by his dream. He thinks that if he just sweeps his chimneys and does what he is told, he will be rewarded in Heaven. Many critics think Blake is being ironic here. Tom's dream is merely a coping mechanism. Poor Tom wil remain an abused child having to work in horrible conditions.