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"Educating Rita"

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GCSE Educating Rita

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Willy Russell's play "Educating Rita" only uses one main setting and two main characters. Some people may think that these would make the play seem boring. Russell actually makes the play quite interesting and entertaining by using dramatic devices such as the whiskey bottle and the telephone call. He does this to give us as much information as possible about the characters and their personalities.

The play, which is set in the early 1980s, deals with the clashes between education and culture. It is about a middle-aged university lecturer called Frank. He is currently in a relationship with Julia. This relationship is not going too well as Frank is an alcoholic and would much rather go to the pub than go home to Julia.

There is also Rita a 26-year-old woman who didn't have a good education when she left school due to her parents' working class background. She is now keen and eager to learn even though her husband Denny thinks that it is time for her to settle down and have children. Rita has set her sights higher than this.

Rita is currently working as a hairdresser, but wants to achieve so much

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