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Educating Rita - What do we learn about Rita's character from scene 1?

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Educating Rita What do we learn about Rita's character from scene 1? First impressions are very important and Willy Russell is keen to portray Rita as an enthusiastic but common lady. In Rita's first line of the scene, we find that she speaks her mind "It's that stupid bleedin' handle on the door. You wanna get it fixed." We also find out that Rita is a strong confident character because when Frank tells Rita "I suppose I always mean to..." She tells him "Well that's no good always meaning to, is it?" This is ironic to because the student is telling the teacher what to do. "I'll bring y' the book-its great" Rita ironically offers a book to the teacher. She carries on asking all the questions all the way through the scene, even though it should be the other way around. "Very good ten out of ten.... collect a gold star" We also learn that Rita teaches Frank how to teach assonance. ...read more.

Middle

What impressions do we get of Denny? In At 1, we can see that Denny and Rita don't get on very well. "I hardly ever talk when I'm there." At home Rita gets bored because she couldn't talk to Denny. "People don't split up because of things like that. Because of literature." This is ironic because we find out that Rita and Denny split up because Rita is going to Franks to learn about literature. We find that Denny has a short temper and can be violent "Denny found out I was on the pill again... he burnt all my books" In the very last scene of act 1, we find out that Rita has left Denny because " Rita enters slowly, carrying a suitcase." How in scene 5 & 7 do we see some role reversal between Frank & Rita? In scene 5, we can see some role reversal between Rita & Frank. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is a metaphor for Rita's life. Choose 2 scene openings and explain how Rita's entrance shows her mood. In scene 6, "Rita bursts through the door out of breath" this shows that Rita is excited and cant wait to tell someone about her theatre experience, "I had to come an' tell y', Frank last night, I went to the theatre, a proper on, a professional theatre" In scene 7 "Rita enters, goes straight to the desk and slings her bag on the back of her chair, she sits in the chair and unpacks her back... she arranges them as before" from this we can see that there is clearly some tension between Rita and Frank. This is because she didn't turn up for Frank's party. She tries her best to act normal. "Now I don't mind, two empty seats at the dinner table, it means more of the vino for me" Frank tries to calm the tension by making a joke. ...read more.

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