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Educating Rita. In the play Educating Rita by Willy Russell we are lead to believe that in the first few scenes Rita and Frank have nothing in common. We assume this on a few small things like the way Rita talks. She is a very out going character who talks like a commoner." you'd better get that bleadin' handle fixed. She hair dresses in a shop and is not happy with the position she is in. She does not have much interest in hair dressing and it does not feel that it is good enough for her. She could do much better. Frank on the other hand is a lecturer at the Open University. He has a bad alcohol problem and only works there to get money for the booze. From what we gather he is not a very good lecturer and is not really all that interested in the job, just the money. He talks not in a posh accent but a smart middle class. Rita perceives her job as a working class hairdresser to be a job that only the lowest of the lowest would do. It is an unsatisfactory job that does not for fill her dream of being a middle class woman. ...read more.


When Denny fins out that Rita is on the bill he troughs her books on a bonfire. Rita sits at the window and cries. This shows us how determined and how happy see was trying to educate herself. When frank finds out he tells Rita not to worry about the books "It's not the books im worried about Rita it's you" Rita soon start to rely on frank a great deal. Rita needs frank to help her change and so Rita stats righting her essays at work so that Denny can't touch them. But the essays are not good enough and Rita still has to learn how to write essays as her education as a child was next to nothing. Frank invites Rita to a dinner party and Rita decides to go, Denny is also invited but does not go. Rita spends ages trying to get the right clothes to wear and she buys a bottle of wine and sets of. When she finally gets to franks house after getting on all the wrong buses and going the wrong way, She looks through the window of the house and looks at all the people and she can not go in. ...read more.


Instead of coming out with a funny pun, she said "im not all to familiar with American poets" and they sat and talked about it for ages. Then when she was in a lecture she stood up to ask a question and when she looked around she saw that every one was looking at her but instead of sitting down she asked her question. This shows us that her confidence has boosted with a lot of thanks to Frank. When Rita asks frank how his break was he tells her that Julia and he have broken up. Rita asks why and frank says, "It was because of eggs". Rita does not understand but does not question frank about it. Whilst Rita was away frank had thought of a new poet for Rita to study. Blake. But much to franks disappointment Rita has already studied Blake at summer school. This shows us that the tables have now turned, as instead of Rita needing Frank, Frank needs Rita. This shows us that Rita is know a self-confident women who is ready to face the world where as frank needs the help that he gave Rita go get him back on his feet. Charlotte bates 10j English Mrs Asher 28 April 2007 ...read more.

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