• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Educating Rita by Willy Russell

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Course Work Assignment: Educating Rita by Willy Russell The play is about a working class hairdresser from Liverpool, that wants to be educated, hence the title Educating Rita. Her tutor, Frank is an English lecturer who is teaching in the Open University for the money. The play is set in Frank's office. Frank and Rita in the beginning have a teacher pupil relationship that changes to friendship, and subsequently turns back to teacher pupil and towards the end back to friendship. The play is staged with only two main parts and on one set. This allows the audience to become closer to the two characters easier because they are the only characters shown. This means that the audience had to imagine the other characters. The film however has many sets and a more characters, it also gives more of an insight to the working class and middle class home life. I preferred the play because it had a superior dialogue and didn't stray to far from the main point of the play. Our first impressions of Frank are that he is an alcoholic, who hides his drink. ...read more.

Middle

So he invites Rita to his dinner party, he also feels that she will enjoy meeting new people; he never thinks how Rita would really feel being surrounded by middle class educated people. Rita on the other hand is partly excited about it and also apprehensive. In the end Rita does not go to the party because she thinks she brought the wrong wine, or so she said, and would not be able to converse with Franks middle class friends at their level. "But I don't wanna be charming and delightful: funny, what's funny? I don't wanna be funny, I wanna talk seriously with the rest of you, I don't wanna spend the night taking the piss, comin' on with the funnies because that's the only way I can get into the conversation. I don't want to come to your house just to play the court jester." She thinks that she is a "half-caste" stuck between working and middle class, not quite fitting into either. For Rita Act One ends on a very negative note, her marriage is finished. This came about because Rita's husband Denny wanted a baby and Rita did not, also Denny wanted Rita to stop going to the O.U course. ...read more.

Conclusion

Rita plans to either go to France with Tyson, go to her mothers for Christmas or have a baby. These choices reveal that she is still indecisive. I think Russell's message is that however well together people seem you can't really tell what's going on inside. For example, you could be a well paid businessman or woman who has a spouse, 2 kids, car and a roof over your heads a perfect life, and still want to kill yourself. The play ends on a happy note with a sad undertone. With the friendship between Frank and Rita back to normal, but with Frank's leaving and Trish's suicide attempt ending it as a mix of the two. Russell uses humour to soften the blow that could be caused by tackling class, political and social issues, and the different ways the different classes deal with these issues. The first part of the play is funnier because the differences between Frank and Rita are more prominent. The play ends on a funny note with Rita giving Frank a haircut and cutting him. "She goes across to him and begins to cut his hair. As she gets close to his ear-lobe Frank cries out 'Ouch" ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Educating Rita section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Educating Rita essays

  1. relationship between frank and rita in educating rita

    She gives him an expensive pen with an engraving on it, which reads 'Must only be used for poetry. By strictest order - Rita' This could be a thank you to Frank for all the help and knowledge he has given Rita or it may well represent the near end of the need, for Frank to teach Rita.

  2. Educating Rita: How does Willy Russell present the development of Frank and of Rita ...

    At the beginning of Act 2 Scene 3, we are immediately made aware that Frank "is very drunk". This is then reinforced from how he begins swearing, after which he refers to his students as "mealy mouthed pricks". The state is he is currently in at this point in time

  1. Educating Rita is a funny play dealing with serious issues - How far do ...

    This is one of the major themes that Willy Russell deals with in the play.

  2. Educating Rita

    This suggests that he is finally come to accept her change, as he knows he isn't going to get back the Rita he fell in love with. He leaves a message telling her to call in. This shows that he has thought through what he said and is changing his actions.

  1. Explain the advantages of the film 'Educating Rita' over the play in putting across ...

    We also get to see Rita's life working, which is talked about in the play, but being able to visually see it. It's main advantage to do with the message is that it helps the viewers have a greater understanding for why both Frank and Rita feel they need to

  2. What is the most valuable piece of information a teacher can have about a ...

    This is an obvious positive step in helping him with his learning difficulties. * MidYIS confidence bands The MidYIS is a test that asks questions to estimate future attainment. The future attainment is based on previous year's student attainment, basically seeing what they scored in MidYIS and the seeing what levels they got in KS3.

  1. How does Rita's character change and her relationship with Frank alter during the course ...

    Before her next tutorial, Rita is outside talking to some students. She engages herself in a debate about Lady Chatterley and Sons and Lovers. When Frank sounds surprised at this behaviour, she tells him that "I can talk now y' know".

  2. Examine Frank's growing sense of unease as Rita becomes more educated.

    "It's that stupid bleedin' door handle on the door..." This shows that Rita is struggling to enter the academic world. By society's views she should not be there and in the back of her mind she is telling herself that they are right.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work