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By referring to two scenes from Act 2, analyze their effectiveness in dramatizing the changing relationship between Frank and Rita

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By referring to two scenes from Act 2, analyze their effectiveness in dramatizing The changing relationship between Frank and Rita - Devon Kennard - The play 'Educating Rita' written by Willy Russell is a fictional, yet vaguely an autobiographical depiction of the developing relationship formed between a budding, impulsive young student named Rita and her somewhat satirically humored tutor, Frank. There are two major themes dealt with in the play: a clash of cultures and Frank and Rita's relationship. The play focuses on the way that Rita and Frank influences each other's lives which is entertaining yet conveys an underlying moral, mainly the point of how class differentiation can cause many limitations in the way people live their lives. While Rita's stifling working class society often collides with Frank's middle class academic upbringing, resulting in misinterpretation of writers and books the two bring up in conversation. Although the comic value of the two frequently misunderstanding each other's remarks is constructive to the play, it seems Russell's real aim is to illustrate Frank and Rita's perception of education and the differences in both their backgrounds. Many of the larger events happen off stage, for instance we only hear about Denny burning all Rita's books in Act 1 scene 5, but don't actually see this happening on stage. Because of this the author has to use stage directions and engineer small events which draw attention to the larger changes, for example the writer shows her transformation after going to summer school through her new clothes and behavior when she returns to Frank; also her sitting on the bookcase while explaining gives her visually a higher position. ...read more.


Frank is extremely unsatisfied with this basis for her reasoning stating '...it's up to the minute, quite acceptable, trendy stuff about Blake; but there's nothing of you in there'. Frank feels she is simply reiterating her friend's views trying to be clever yet not allowing her natural, unrestrained initial idea of things to emerge as before. Rita points out that this is inconsistent of Frank who in the beginning had advised her to consult other's opinions. Rita is irritated by Frank's incessant aspiration for her to remain the same as when they first met; she is now an independent learner that is able to constructively express and compose her outlook on literature and so on. From the way in which Frank reacts to Rita when she is demonstrating her new-found intelligence and ability, it is obvious he is rather attached to her dependence of him. Frank seems to, when describing Ruby-fruit Jungle as 'excellent', almost show his preference and admiration of the earlier Rita he first encountered. The book's genre and unintelligent plot does appear in ways to suggest Frank sees it now as a symbol of the former Rita, her opinions and ways. He struggles to articulate his feelings about this, '...because I care for you - I want you to care for yourself'. Frank is clearly afraid of losing Rita completely so even when angry, he attempts to not lose his temper to the point of upsetting her. ...read more.


This is contrasted distinctly by Frank's lack of enthusiasm to talk freely with Rita, unlike when she depended on him to talk to as an 'intellectual' friend; he seems positively at a loss as how to approach or behave around this 'new' Rita. The dramatist, Russell, had to use particular nuances in dress and character behaviour to signal changes in time and their development. Just as in 'Blood Brothers', also a play written by Willy Russell, it is made apparent how dividing peoples into segments for what ever reason may it be control or otherwise causes a whole variety of difficulties. The play 'Blood Brother's' revolves around two twins separated at birth, one is given to a middle-upper class family, while the other to its single working-class mother of eight. We see by the end how the subject of class can determine a person's life. The son that was given to the working class ends tragically by killing himself and his twin, wishing he'd been the one to have been brought up differently in a rich, upper class environment. These issues are dealt with, yet not so extensively, in Educating Rita where Russell endeavors to portray the rising of a woman in life and society, Rita, all due to breaking through the barrier of various 'class' existences. The reason of Rita developing and drifting from Frank seems to be for the purpose of having a thread of story line, while the greater substance depicting a moral ethical message. Written By Devon Kennard David 11 ...read more.

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