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Discuss how the language and dramatic devices in Act 1 sc 1 and Act 2 sc1 1 demonstrate how Rita changes between the two in the play Educating Rita.

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Discuss how the language and dramatic devices in Act 1 sc 1 and Act 2 sc1 1 demonstrate how Rita changes between the two in the play The language and dramatic devices given by the author Willy Russell demonstrate the changes in act 1 sc1 and act 2 sc2. Language is the first element I will be focusing on by looking at tone, informal and formal language register, vocabulary - word choices and slang. Another element I will be focusing on are dramatic devices these are the aspects such as stage directions, body language, costume, actions, exits and entrances these are all things that make drama, that is shown throughout the play. From the language and dramatic devices I will be able to see how Rita has changed between the two acts, act 1 sc 1 and act 2 sc 1. The language used by Rita is mostly in slang which is present all the time in Act 1 sc1 right from the start when she meets her teacher for the first time. ...read more.

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Rita's language in Act 2 sc1 has changed and it is easily seen, as her sentences are much more complex and missing her trademark slang. In the act before in sc1 she could hardly say a sentence without having slang in it. "Everything in the flat is dead unpretentious just books an' plants everywhere" The above quote shows her much more complex sentence that she never would have used in act 1 sc 1. Also the actual meaning of the quote shows that she is fed up with her life as it is and wants more. The dramatic devices in Act 1 sc 1 show an immature and uneducated Rita the following shows what Rita does in one of her entrances. Rita goes to the chair and dumps her bag. This stage direction shows Rita's lack of respect and again this comes down to her poor schooling, as she doesn't know how to act to the situation. ...read more.

Conclusion

I conclude that I have learnt that Rita has change from act 1 sc1 into a person with a higher social class in act sc 2 with a strong determination that she didn't knew she had in Act 1 but has now accomplished what she was striving for. I believe that the best effect from language was that of an informal language register into a formal language register because it clearly shows that Rita changed her social class that is most commonly shown by the way that people speak. The most effective aspect of dramatic devices was the actions of Rita's that signified her change clearly. This was by either when Rita entered by dumping her bag or handing her shawl to Frank to hang on the hook. From the play I myself have realised that two characters like that of Frank's and Rita's can mix without they being too much of a clash between social backgrounds. ...read more.

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