March 7, 2013
Society’s TrueAngels; William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Without rebellious momentum, progression will remain stagnant. In The Marriage of
Heaven and Hell, William Blake applauds the devils of society for their unconventional actions;
their disobedience creates the ultimate drive towards the development of society. The work’s
thesis, “Without Contraries is no progression,” states that the juxtaposition of life is necessary to
the existence of humanity. Society would cease to progress without change. The devilish
individuals on Earth challenge the accepted guidelines that are generated to keep society in order.
If everyone obeyed the rules, there would be no intention of challenging the ordered way of life;
it is the devils of humanity that induce change among their constituents. The devils have the
energy to confidently encourage progression among humanity: “Always be ready to speak your
mind, and a base man will avoid you.” Without the rebellious devils challenging society’s system
of order, humanity would cease to progress.
The balance of human life would not exist if it did not consist of contrasting elements.
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’s thesis, “Without contraries is no progression,” explains that
conflicting ideas are “necessary to Human existence.” Humanity needs the opposing ideas of
“Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, [and] Love and Hate.” The balance of “Good and
Evil” is what sustains progressive life on Earth. If everyone agreed on every aspect of life, there
would be no reason to challenge the ideas of one another; when there is nothing to challenge,
there is no reason to change and therefore society would remain inactive. It is the devilish people that instill change for their society that eventually becomes accepted.Although these disobedient
people have rebellious