Writers have widely used the image of Chimney Sweep Seattle in Victorian literature. In Victorian literature, they were often depicted as heartless creature and scoundrels who used to abuse their child workers. This kind of image of chimney sweep was probably developed due to the nature of their job and due to the heartlessness of senior sweeps. Charles Kingsley typifies these characters as brutal in ‘The Water Babies’. William Blake, an English poet, rendered a character of chimney sweep as a child who had been abused and always yearned for better life in future. As a matter of fact, he could never see that future because of most drastic and fatal end of most of the sweeps. Moreover in “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience”, the life of common people is showcased, and all those people are exposed who allow barbaric actions to take place against sweepers.
Charles Dickens has also portrayed such issues in “Oliver Twist” as an abuse of child sweeps by experienced Chimney Sweep Seattle. Main character Gamfield, a vicious chimney sweep, wanted to hire Oliver as an apprentice but due to the good luck of Oliver, the magistrate refused to sanction that apprenticeship as Gamfield was proved responsible for bruising three or four boys to death.
Another Danish Poet and Writer, Christian Andersen, wrote “The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep” that is a fairy tale and portrays porcelain chimney sweep sitting near his love a porcelain shepherdess and on the threats, they moved to the top and courteously conducted his love through the stove pipe.
Another novel, ‘The Great Train Robbery’ written by Michael Crichton Clean Willy Williamson was an assistant of the robbery of gold. He was also previously a Chimney Sweep Seattle, and later on, he became snakes man eventually adapted to climb and wriggle through small places. And using this skill he escapes from Newgate prison and tries to gain access to the office of the railway where they store important keys.
Later on, when the newer system of sweeping with brushes was developed, and child labour came to an end, the image of this occupation was changed to a good natured and agile man. Its chief example can be seen in the series of book “Mary Poppins” which was written by P.L. Travers. This series depicts the characters who are jovial in nature, and they celebrate the end of working day. That group’s leader “Bert” played a song and role of chorus depicting the fate of Chimney sweeps is also important. They referred to the chimney sweeps’ additional associations with good luck.
Another Jewish writer in Switzerland, Kurt Held, wrote the novel “The Black Brothers” also depicted the life of a climbing boys with his optimistic fate. So it was observed that with the development of mechanical ways to sweep chimneys, the fate of Chimney Sweep Seattle also changed from dreadful and violent to the more optimistic and pleasing. Similarly, the image of Chimney sweeps in literature changed over a long period from dark to brighter sides.