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Discuss the significance of any one scene in Educating Rita in terms of the development of Rita and/or Frank - Explain how Russell makes the scene dramatic and entertaining.

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Discuss the significance of any one scene in Educating Rita in terms of the development of Rita and/or Frank. Explain how Russell makes the scene dramatic and entertaining I have chosen to write about Act 2 Scene 1. In this scene Rita has been to summer school and we notice changes in her character and her attitude. Rita is now much more educated as we can tell. I have chosen this scene because I feel it contains the most significant changes to both the characters in the play. It is also the turning point in the play. There are many differences in both Rita and Frank from the last scene, which was in Act 1 Scene 8. This scene is also very entertaining due to devices that Russell has used within it. Firstly I will be discussing the developments in Rita. Rita is dressed in 'new, second-hand clothes'. This is different from the last time we saw her, because then she was wearing old clothes. She said in Act 1 Scene 2 that she wouldn't get a new dress until she passed her first exam. When it would be a dress that an educated women wears. This is what is suggested here. With Rita having new clothes, it lets us see that she has become more educated. Rita has also developed a relationship with some of the other students. ...read more.

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An ego can also be seen near the end of the scene. This is shown when she thinks she is an authority on Blake. 'Of course you don't do Blake without doing innocence and experience do y'?'. She abbreviates Songs of Innocence and Experience, and uses 'Of course' to tell the audience that she is right and knows what she needs to be taught. Suggesting that thinks she is clever than most and even as clever as Frank, as she knows what to be taught. Rita has not developed the culture she thinks she has. She thinks she is on the same cultural level as Frank, but does not get his cultural comments about 'oeufs en cocotte'. This shows that she has developed a little culturally but not fully. I will now discuss Franks' development. Frank is 'typing poetry' at the beginning of the scene, which is he said he gave up before. This shows a development in Frank as he has changed his mind about his poetry. And is writing it, even though later in the play he says it is rubbish. Frank has also started to smoke again. This is another development in his character. He 'stubs out a cigarette'. Frank said he gave up smoking earlier in the play, when he said 'I made a promise not to smoke'. ...read more.

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We don't know how each will react to each other's changes, and how they will get along. At beginning of the scene it is not very dramatic. Nearer the end of the scene things are more dramatic as the changes in Rita are shown more and Frank is reacting to them. This drama also adds to the scenes overall entertainment. A small amount of sympathy is created for Frank we tell us that 'Julia left' him. But it turns out to be over something ridiculous and this creates humour for Frank. It is entertaining because it is something very trivial and was nothing to get into an argument about. Frank also makes the scene entertaining when he makes fun of Rita. 'If you're going to make an analogy, why don't we take it the whole way?' Which he does. This is entertaining because Rita thinks she is very clever. Humour is created when Frank is being funny to prove her wrong. Russell also uses comedy at the end of the scene when he makes Frank say something sarcastically. 'No. Of course' this is sarcastic because Rita now thinks she is an expert of Blake. And Frank disagrees. This sarcasm is also humorous and makes the scene more entertaining. In conclusion we can see that Act 2 Scene 1 is very significant in the play. We see a number of developments in both Rita and Frank. Willy Russell has also made the scene dramatic and entertaining in a number of ways. ...read more.

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