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Educating Rita - What has Rita lost and gained during the process of being educated

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What has Rita lost and gained in the process of being educated? Explore the ways Russell makes this clear to his audience. Throughout Rita's journey of becoming an educated woman, she has lost and gained many things all to create the dream of herself. Throughout the play she aspired to become an intelligent, educated young woman and her tutor Frank is there to help her reach her goals, but Rita attempts to give Frank something in return and makes him believe that he is a good teacher as he helped her to gain an education. She also tries to help him with his addiction to alcohol. Throughout the play her gain and loss is shown in many different ways, for example, Conflict, The setting, Beginning and Ending and her vocal register. Rita has gained and lost many new components of her life throughout the play, she has gained an educated lifestyle by the end of the play, this is shown in both her speech and clothing. At the beginning of the play, we imagine that she has attempts to dress smartly and tries to talk formally but whilst her language develops as the end of the play approaches and she starts to speak in a formal English manner discussing literature confidently we start to assume her appearance has improved and she dresses more formally. ...read more.

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In response to the question, 'Suggest how you would resolve the staging difficulties inherent in a production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt' In Act 1 Scene 6 Russell shows the audience how Rita has lost her dependency on Frank and others, Russell shows this as Rita goes to see Macbeth alone. Russell also shows the gain in relationship between Frank and Rita as Rita goes to tell Frank about the trip before she tells anybody else. Russell shows the relationship developing as he invites the audience to consider how Rita's community has turned their back on her which is shown in Denny and Rita's relationship but Franks community have opened arms to her as Frank and Rita's Relationship develop. Rita has lost just as much as gained throughout the play; she has most importantly lost Denny, her old partner. This is mentioned in Act 1 Scene 8. The writer tells us this in Rita and Frank's conversation, she says, "I got home from work, he'd packed me case. He said I either stop comin' here an' come off the pill or I could get out all together" We know that Frank is concerned about this when he almost forces this explanation out of her when he sees the suitcase. ...read more.

Conclusion

she also talks and acts differently; she does not speak using slang and does not develop attitudes towards people as she used to nearer the beginning of the play. Her change in register is quite drastic throughout the play at the beginning of the play she uses many abbreviations and does not pronounce her endings of words, whilst at the end she uses a wider range of English grammar, good pronunciation and does not use as many abbreviations. During the play, Russell shows a beginning and ending to the performance as he shows all Rita has lost and gained in a good approach and she finishes the story in a good approach to cutting Frank's hair. Cutting Franks hair symbolises the ending of the play, Rita does Frank a favour by cutting his hair as he taught her so they have an equal status. This could also symbolise that Rita is breaking free from her old self and has finally transformed. Lastly, it shows the developed close relationship between the two characters, as Frank trusts Rita to cut his hair. This is the main thing that Rita sets out to do at the beginning of the play and when she achieves it, Russell shows that however much Rita has lost and gained she has completed all she wanted. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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