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Compare The Elementary School In Hard Times By Charles Dickens With The Village School In Cider With Rosie By Laurie Lee

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Compare The Elementary School In Hard Times By Charles Dickens With The Village School In Cider With Rosie By Laurie Lee Hard times by Charles Dickens and Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee both portray accounts of the period in which they are set. Hard Times published in 1854ad shows a typical school in Victorian Britain and Cider With Rosie shows a typical rural school in the 1930?s. It soon becomes evident that both schools had many similarities, but they also illustrate a number of differences. During the period of time between the books a significant new law was passed called Fosters Educational Act, (applied in the 1870?s) it meant that attendance at school was compulsory up to the ...view middle of the document...

The villagers worked for either the squire, on farms, or in cloth mills, all other supplies which weren?t available were either supplied by a church, a chapel, a vicarage, a manse, a wooden hut, a pub or the village school. Laurie Lee describes his first day at school; it comes as a complete surprise to him at the age of four. At first he doesn?t want to go to school, but is forced to by his sisters.?Boys who don?t go to school get put into boxes, and turned into rabbits, and get chopped up somedays.? His first school experience was when he was bullied.? I was encircled; grit flew in my face like shrapnel. Tall girls with frizzled hair, and huge boys with sharp elbows, began to prod me with hideous interest. They plucked my scarves, spun me round like a top, screwed my nose and stole my potato.? Eventually a sixteen-year-old junior teacher rescued him, she boxed a few ears and took him to where he should have been, the infants room. Laurie Lee also tries to incorporate some humour in his book.?What?s the matter Lol? Didn?t you like it then?? ?They never gave me present!? ?Present? What present?? ? They did! They said: you?re Laurie Lee ain?t you? Well, just sit there for the present.After a while though Laurie Lee becomes to feel more of a veteran than a new pupil. Hard Times illustrates a little girls first day at school, her name is Sissy Jupe. Sissy Jupe finds her first day at school intimidating, not because of her fellow pupils, but because of the school inspector Thomas Gradgrind. Thomas Gradgrind refers to her as girl number twenty and insists that she calls herself Cecilia and not Sissy. He asks her what her dad does for a living and she tells him that he is a horse rider (in the circus), he tells her that her dad isn?t a horse rider, but a horse breaker. She also mentions the ?ring? but he tells her that she mustn?t mention the ?ring? in school. He then asks her for the definition of a horse, she is thrown into the greatest alarm by this demand. After a few minutes he announces to the whole class that girl number twenty is unable to define a horse, he then asks for another girls description of a horse and she gives the scientific/dictionary meaning of a horse off the top of her head. The school in Hard Times only had one room and one teacher called Mr Choakumchild. The schoolroom sounds very dull and boring. There are no pictures, decorations or wallpaper and even the windows are positioned so they don?t let in much sunlight.?The scene was a plain, bare, monotonous vault of a schoolroom.? The room was segregated with the boys on one half of the room and the girls on the other half of the room, with a teacher at the front. I get the feeling that this room has kind of an aura/a feeling to it and that it is very mind numbing. The schoolroom seems to sound very unnatural with not much light entering the room except for one ray of light, which fell on the most natural pupil in the room, Sissy Jupe. The...

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