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David Edgar Writing Styles in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

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Edgar perfected several forms of theatrical presentation that resemble filmic methods, such as the "zoom lens" effect, scenic cuts, and superimposed scenes. Through a combination of stage arrangement, lighting, and juxtaposition, Nicholas Nickleby simulates film, as when separate episodes are displayed simultaneously, indicating that actions are occurring in separate parts of London at the same time. Often, these juxtapositions underscore a thematic connection as well. For example, in one scene Noggs overhears Ralph plotting with Arthur Gride to split Madeline's inheritance in return for arranging her to marry Gride, while Mr. Charles and Mr. Ned Cheeryble arrange for Nicholas to help extract the same girl from poverty. In this case, the benevolence of the Cheerbyles, who seek to give their money away, is contrasted with Ralph's grasping for money that he obtains through the most nefarious means. A shift in lighting and sound transfers attention from one...

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