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Educating Rita Coursework The opening scene of Willy Russels "Educating Rita" is very affective in introducing the characters and the theme of the play. He gains the interest of the audience in many different ways. Firstly as the curtain rises we see frank a man in his early fifties in a room on the first floor of a Victorian built university in the north of England. This gives the effect of an intellectual play in a grand environment. As we first introduced to frank he is a middle-aged man who is scurrying along a bookshelf quickly removing books before instantly replacing them. This behaviour is very unusual and leads to the audience asking all kinds of questions about the character. As he looks further he starts to get angry using phrases like "where the hell." He then remembers a dickens book giving the impression of poetry to the audience. As he removes the book a whisky bottle is revealed which he then pours a drink from. ...read more.


We are then introduced to the other main character in the play, which is also the woman the play is named after. As Rita tries to enter the room she can't get through the door. This door is used by Willy Russell to give the effect of a barrier that is preventing Rita an education. Straight away as soon as she enters the room Rita comes across as such a confident, funny women who isn't afraid to speak her mind. The comment " Its that stupid bleeding handle on the door. You wanna get it fixed." She is instantly instructing Frank to do things, which takes him aback. Her language is very poor which shows she is very uneducated and the total opposite of Frank. Throughout their conversation Rita swears often, demands Frank to do things and seems such a confident woman. There is also a frequent difference in formality between them and their use of language. ...read more.


Franks knows about the culture clash but he genuinely gets to really care for Rita. Due to this connection later on in the scene they start to tell each other very personal things such as Rita saying that her husband tells her to "Come off the pill", this is very open considering she has only just met the man. If Rita can tell such things to Frank she must trust him setting up a special bond that will carry on throughout the play. In conclusion I believe Willy Russell has introduced both characters perfectly. Frank is a middle aged, closet alcoholic who doesn't seem very happy with his personal life. On the other hand he does enjoy a good laugh as well as Rita's presence. Rita is an un educated woman who is also confident and eccentric. She also enjoys a good laugh with personal problems as well. They both start to connect with each other after a shaky start and even though they are very different in their language they have a lot in common. Willy has set up this friendship to perfection for the rest of the play. ...read more.

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