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How do Charles Dickens in 'Nicholas Nickelby' and Laurie Lee in 'Cider with Rosie' present school life?

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  • Submitted: 29/01/2004
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How do Charles Dickens in 'Nicholas Nickelby' and Laurie Lee in 'Cider with Rosie' present school life?

Nicholas Nickelby written in 1838 by Charles Dickens explores the life of a young school assistant at "Dotheboys Hall" and gradually explains how disgusted he felt. Laurie Lee later wrote an imaginary autobiography "Cider with Rosie" which is not just a factual account of the author's life but also accounts of events and incidents. This reflected school life in a different, vivid approach because you got his personal opinion. Obviously, both authors would show differences mainly due to the difference in time. Both Dickens and Lee were born in different eras therefore studied at school at different times. Not only was time a major difference, but the types of texts written; Dickens wrote a novel and Lee an autobiography and taking into consideration-originality. "Cider with Rosie" and "Nicholas Nickleby" both are diverse because they are written by different authors but Lee's diversity is shown mainly by it being first person, yet everyone has their own style of writing. Nicholas cared about the other children but Laurie just cared only about himself. He did not hate school because of schoolwork

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