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Educating Rita: How does the play write show the audience the differences between the two characters by the way that they behave according to the stage directions and the way that they use language?

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Educating Rita Question How does the play write show the audience the differences between the two characters by the way that they behave according to the stage directions and the way that they use language? What comments is he making by showing us these two very different characters. I will be writing about two scenes from a play called Educating Rita. The play is about two completely different characters from two completely different backgrounds, brought together by education. The two characters are Frank and Rita; Frank is a middle class university professor, who has been very well educated and has a partner called Julia. Rita is a married working class woman who has had little education little education throughout her life, so wanting two change this, by taking an open University course in English literature. Written by Willy Russell. The playwright shows the audience the differences between Frank and Rita even at the start of scene six by showing how professional, neat and tidy frank is, he writes, "Frank enters carrying a brief case and a pile of essays. ...read more.


Tells us that she couldn't tell or she was afraid to tell someone in her family or Denny about it because she thought they wouldn't understand or if she told them about it they would start to think of her differently. Rita says: "if I don't get a move on there'll be another tragedy". Using a new word she just learnt (tragedy) but using it wrongly and Frank takes that very seriously and corrects it straight away and explains to Rita the difference between tragic and tragedy. When Frank throws Rita the apple from his desk which she catches shows the audience that Rita will accept anything Frank has to offer like education. And shows she is accepting his knowledge he's giving. When Rita offers Frank a drink and frank takes it looks at the instructions then puts it down tells the audience that very cautious bout what he eats and reveals he's a bit boring that he wont try anything new. And is a bit more educated on nutrition then Rita. When Rita says: " tragedy's fun, isn't it". ...read more.


When Rita calls herself a "half -cast" this is because she feels she cant fit in anywhere when she got to Franks house and looked in and saw all those people there see couldn't do she was to nervous and scared like she wasn't educated enough to be with them so she went back to the pub and looked around everyone signing and she felt alienated there like she didn't belong there because they wont enjoy the things she enjoys like the theatre so she feels she doesn't fit in anywhere at all. Willy Russell is trying to explain to us that education is very important in life. If you want to live a certain way, Frank is well educated so has a good job and a good way of life. Rita is poorly educated works as a hairdresser and finds it hard in life to make friends and gets intimidated easily where as Frank is having a party. But Willy Russell is also saying your never to old to learn or change things in life like Rita's mum said: "there has to be better songs than those". And Rita is determined to find them. By Sam Hemming 10c ...read more.

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