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Chelia Batkin Act 1 Scene 7 is very important. Comment on how and why the audience's view of Rita changes at this point. This scene demonstrates several important decisions that Rita must make to change her future. Having momentarily been tempted to go back to her old ways, Rita resists and finds her self trapped between two classes in society making her now more than ever determined to change. This scene also shows how Rita makes herself cope when important relationships in her life come under strain. Rita, as assumed for her class and upbringing, failed to pay attention during her time at school. She refers to her school life as: ' Just normal,' and ' Boring.' Many of the influences of her friends and family determined her future, making Rita's choices and opinions sculpted by society, and the people she grew up with. She talks about how she would have been seen as a ' wimp ' for wanting to study and learn. ...read more.


Purposely being awkward and angry. All his actions should be quick, loud and sharp. Frank stays controlled through out and this should be displayed through his body language. This scene when acted out on stage focuses enormously on the feelings of both characters, therefore this must be achieved by both actors. When Frank invites Rita for dinner, Rita arrives but cannot bring her self to go into Franks home. Frank is dumbfounded and cannot understand as to why Rita couldn't bring herself to join the dinner party. All Rita states when confronted about her absence is ' I bought the wrong sort of wine.' When of course as an audience we know that although her excuse is not a lie it is also not the entire truth. Rita is trying to avoid the reality of why she really didn't turn up. Her real reason was because when she arrived and saw the guests through the window she feels that she doesn't fit in to their class, and that she will be laughed at and will not understand their conversation and way of life. ...read more.


Her mother says a very powerful line at this point: ' we can sing better songs than these.' This is when Rita makes her choice whether to fit back in with her working class society she was raised in, or to carry on with her education and become the middle class woman she longs to be. Rita chooses to ' sing a better song ' and continue in her pursuit for a better life. This scene shows Ritas determination and how serious she is about changing. It shows how even under pressure and presented with the perfect opportunity to ' pack it in ' she resists and accepts the difficulties that lie ahead. At the end of his scene Frank and Rita both develop a better understanding of one another, which brings them closer together. This scene is the key that unlocks the rest of the play with the choices Rita makes. ...read more.

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