• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Both Educating Rita and Pygmalion explore significant themes and social issues, how effectively do you think these two playwrights dramatise these issues.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Both Educating Rita and Pygmalion explore significant themes and social issues, how effectively do you think these two playwrights dramatise these issues. 'Educating Rita': A play written by Willy Russell in the eighties and 'Pygmalion': A play written by Bernard Shaw in 1914 both effectively explore significant social issues and relate to significant themes. To successfully answer the question of how effectively the playwrights dramatise the issues raised, the use of settings, dramatic devices and characterisation will have to be taken into consideration. Using the technique of inter-textual referencing, when the audience recognizes that one play is referring to another is a way for an author to condense more meaning into his play. Russell takes up the issue of class, what it is, what it gives, what it takes away, in the differences between Higgins and Frank, Eliza and Rita. As well as class Russell also explores the themes of culture, tradition, roots, beliefs among many others. The plays host many similarities but also many differences. Each play has a parallel character e.g. Higgins and Frank, Eliza and Rita, Trisha and Freddy. ...read more.

Middle

Trish is part of a thread of scenes suggesting that literature, the arts, culture, the things of the mind, are not in themselves the answers to anything. In Rita's terms, Trish hasn't found herself. She has no career, but seems to be a glorified waitress. There is no significant other in her life. More dangerously, she is always comparing the life she leads with the literature and art she values, and finding real life harder to imagine. It may not seem palpable but Frank's poetry is a rather strong issue in 'Educating Rita' which contains several interesting ideas :- * Frank tells Rita that he and his wife divorced over his failure to continue writing poetry. This is a symbol of Frank's failure to keep exploring his own self. Worse, his disillusionment with his own accomplishment to spread to the whole of literature and to begin to corrupt his professional life as a teacher. * Frank knows he has lost Rita. Whatever she says about his poems will be wrong. But having given her the education she craves, he is now trying to assert that it is worthless: she can't tell the difference between his poems and real poetry. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, Russell in 1980, when women not only have the vote, but all professions are open to them, and they have feminism to support them, can repeat Shaw's ending but make it more convincing and therefore stronger. When Rita returns to tell Frank he is a good teacher, she accepts the Frankenstein monster charge he has thrown at her. Intelligently, she admits she has taken in all middle class values and ideas too fast and therefore uncritically. She is a parrot. But she will grown through this stage. What Frank has given her is choice, that is control over her own life. We have seen Rita tempted to allow others to control her, like Denny. We have seen her grow beyond Frank's control, choosing not to come to his tutorials, because he cannot offer her anything. Like Higgins she is alone at the end of the film, but her sense of herself is more inclusive than his. She is not a bus, bouncing over people, but a very strong, yet caring individual. Like Eliza she has become a woman, but if Frank had a hand in her making, now she is her own possession and will continue to be her own creator. James Black 26/04/2007 - 1 - ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Educating Rita section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Educating Rita essays

  1. the language and the style of the author Frank McCourt within his two memoirs ...

    I walk my bicycle out of the graveyard. I have telegrams to deliver."14 It is this shift in narrative style that separates "Angela's Ashes" from "'Tis". The flow of ideas in Angela's Ashes mirrors Frank's passivity as a youth; "Oh, all right, take your two pence and off you go to the Lyric Cinema,"15 his mother approves.

  2. What is the most valuable piece of information a teacher can have about a ...

    Obviously due to his SpLD, he does struggle with reading and writing tasks. His MidYIS scores place him with average verbal skills. His Science report is similar to English in the fact that he is capable when it comes to practical work that does not include lots of reading or writing.

  1. To begin with I will talk about the male sitcom characters that I have ...

    Frank had other elements of comedy wrapped into his character one is his ability reduce the most calm and rational folk to tears by his annoying habit of not answering questions coherently or filling his responses with pointless trivial monologues, usually concerning his childhood.

  2. Discuss the Themes of Social Class and Education in ¡®Educating Rita¡¯

    In the beginning of the play, Russell uses the class difference between Frank and Rita to comical effect.

  1. How Relevant Are the Issues Raised In Educating Rita In the Year 2000?

    Rita doesn't know what she wants from her tutor as he asks her 'what do you want to know' and she replies 'everything'. Later on the script Rita wakes up Frank to a bit of life as they're in a conversation Rita asks 'What y' lookin' at me for' and Frank replies 'Because-I think you're marvellous'.

  2. Read the opening of the play. In what ways is this a good introduction ...

    your trying to induce some feeling of guilt in me over the prospect of a burnt dinner..." Frank then after continues with a sarcastic comment, trying to show no care or botheration by slight- "...Darling you could incinerate ratatouille and it still wouldn't burn..."

  1. Educating Rita - Explore how the director develops the complexities in these characters and ...

    There are four main episodes in the film which show important features of Rita and Frank's development in their characters complexities and relationships. The first episode is the opening sequence of the film and is possibly the most important because it is when Frank and Rita first lay eyes upon one another.

  2. By referring to scenes of your choice, discuss Ritas changing character.

    Plus, it could imply that Rita wants to reveal her true identity inside, her true identity being an educated and upper-class woman and not being part of the working-class culture she was somewhat forced into. Also that fact that Russell employs a question mark at the end of Rita's line

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work