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GCSE Coursework- Educating Rita How does Willy Russell present the development of Frank and of Rita in 'Educating Rita?' In my essay I shall write an analysis to show how Willy Russell develops the characters of Frank and of Rita in his play 'Educating Rita'. This play is a 20th Century play and was set in the 1980's. This is important as we can see the language at this time in the 1980's. I will look at how the writer, Willy Russell, uses language, how he shows the development of the characters Frank and Rita and then show evidence using quotations. I will have to look at how both of the characters have change throughout the play, from when they meet each other till when they part ways at the end of the play. I will look at what each character wanted and whether they have developed according to that and how other characters in the play may view their change throughout the play. For example Frank and Rita may think they have got what they wanted but Denny may think that Rita has not developed or changed for the better. Firstly I will start by telling you about what the characters are like. Rita is an uneducated working housewife, stuck in a world her husband and family won't let her escape from. She is unhappy unsure of herself and wants to be educated like other students. She wants to fit in, and become more confident in herself and mainly she wants to find herself. This is the reason she decides to enrol herself into an Open University course where she meets Frank. Frank is also stuck, but this time on a path to self-destruction. He is a self-pitying ex-poet with a dire drinking problem currently trying to teach university students. He is unhappy with his life, he despises the students he teaches everyday and then Rita bursts into his life and he seems drawn to her. ...read more.


When asked to 'Suggest how you would resolve the staging difficulties inherent in a production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt' she wrote simply "Do it on the radio." This is a prime example of how Rita sees things. Just do it the simple way. But as she progresses throughout the play she comes on in leaps and bounds. This is helped a great deal by her attendance of summer school, which occurs between Acts 1 and 2. In the very last scene of Act 1 we discover that Rita has also taken the momentous step to leave her husband Denny. This inspires her onward and upward with her education. At summer school she gains more confidence in herself as an 'educated woman'. This extract shows that although she is fast becoming the sort of person she desires to be she is still Rita inside "Y' know at first I was dead scared. I didn't know anyone. I was gonna come home. But the first afternoon I was standin' in this library, y' know lookin' at the books, pretendin' I was dead clever. Anyway, this tutor come up to me, he looked at the book in me hand an' he said, 'Ah, are you fond of Ferlinghetti?' It was right on the tip of me tongue to say, 'only when it's served with parmesan cheese', but, Frank, I didn't. I held it back an' I heard meself sayin', 'Actually I'm not too familiar with the American poets'. " She talks of her insecurities, the feeling that again, she didn't belong but even though she thought a tongue in cheek reply, she had the choice this time to say something more tactful. This is due to her educational development. It is this choice that she speaks of when upon sitting her exam; she is faced with the question: 'Suggest how you would resolve the staging difficulties inherent in a production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt'. ...read more.


Frank invited her to a party and she felt happy and one of the people that Frank would associate with. Rita changes throughout the play and is less dependant on him and has the help of Trish and can talk to people like Tiger and other students and even professors. Frank realises she is turning into the very students he loathes and Rita giving him a haircut shows us that Rita can see that she has changed and Frank is not delighted with what has happened and she gives him a haircut like she said she would at the beginning. She shows him that she has not changed, although she has matured in every aspect of her life. We can see that both characters are developing as their time together progresses and in the end they have achieved what they wanted. Frank has been given another chance by being able to move to Australia and Rita now has choice and can do what she wants. They have both developed and received what they wanted and they have helped each other develop throughout. I believe Willy Russell presents their development very well as it happens in their time together and it is because of each other that both characters develop and get what they want. It is the way he has shown their development from who they were and who they are at the end which I found very effective. He has shown that Frank has helped Rita develop and gain what she wanted from the O.U course and that Rita has also helped Frank developed and that he has another chance. I liked the way the play portrays the message of hope for people like Rita who feels consigned to their situation. It shows them that with hard work and determination they can lead the life they feel they could only hope for. Even though the play was written in the eighties I feel its relevance is still very fitting today. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jai Malhi English 10P - 1 - ...read more.

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