In this paper, I will analyze how William Blake attacks the oxymoron “good-will.” Therefore, I will examine how Blake’s “good-will” is a false traditional morality that is a critique in Annotations to Swedenborg’s Divine Love and Divine Wisdom (1788). This paper argues that although Blake’s objective is to criticize conventional Christian morality (good-will) to expose corrupt ideologies of the church and state, he claims that humans have internalized the idea of absolute morality into believing one is morally good, so much so that they become selfish, evil, and uncaring of others. Blake’s proposal ideal of Christ as the law-breaker is a call for social justice and revolution through unselfish love. Ultimately, I conclude that Blake believes good-will is a paradox that leads humans to become selfish. Also, that Blake doesn’t critique Christ as the former Satan in Milton’s work, rather admires Christ as a revolutionist against traditional morality. I will use a variety of Blake’s texts like “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” (1790), “Annotations to Watson’s Apology for the Bible” (1798), and “The Laocoon” (1826). I will use these texts because they help explain Blake’s argument of Christ as a revolutionist. Next, I will be using the image of Christ as the redeemer, journals of religious ethics, and an article that explains the political aspect of Blake and Milton. This will help support the corrupt ideologies of the church and the state and the attack on good-will. Finally, I will be using a text where Blake analyzes Milton’s self-conversion. This text will help discuss the idea of self-annihilation, where Blake interacts with Milton’s work.

-Priscilla Ortega