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GCSE: Educating Rita
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With close reference to her speech in Act 1 Scene 4, how does Rita represent the views of Willy Russell?4 star(s)
She believes that the national newspapers do this "so the disease" of not aspiring to be more than your label "is always covered up". The fact that she believes everyone should have the chance to be educated shows her communist way of thinking, as it shows that she thinks that everyone should be equal. In the speech, Rita compares to the working class people as "drug addicts", saying they are similar because "they hate it when one of them tries to break away".
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One technique the writer uses in the play is the setting. The play is set in a "book-lined tutorial room in a Victorian-built university in the North of England." Rita first arrives like an alien coming from one world to another. We see that she has to overcome obstacles straight away when she struggles to open Frank's tutorial door. "I am comin' in... It's this stupid bleedin' handle on the door."
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With Reference to Act 1 Scene 4 & Act 1 Scene 7 as a basis, explore how Educating Rita is a play about the clash of Class & Culture3 star(s)
Russell enrolled in an O level English literature course and passed it just like Rita enrolled herself for the Open University and worked her way towards being able to make her own choices in life. In act 1 scene 4 and act 1 scene 7 it is shown how hard it is to get an education. The Open University was established in 1969 and when the Open University opened to make it a lot easier for women to find an education no matter their background.
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The opening scene of Educating Rita is one that really catches the audience's attention in many different ways
Act 1 scene 1 is the introductory stage to Russell's characters. In the first five minutes of this opening, we get to know Frank quite well. We learn that Frank is a university lecturer who appears to have grown tired of his job and the same old people. Russell uses many dramatic devices. To begin with, Russell does not tell straight away the reason why Frank, the university lecturer, is "hurriedly" replacing each book on the bookshelf; instead, he creates an element of suspense, keeping interest in the audience's eyes.
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When she describes Frank's picture as being 'erotic' she is displaying that she does not think about what she says. Another example of this is that in Act One Scene Two Rita asks to read Frank's poems but Frank replies 'It's the sort of poetry you can't understand...' Frank's reply gives the impression that Rita probably wouldn't have been able to understand them. However, later on in the play (once Rita has got her education) Rita is allowed to read them and says that they are 'brilliant'.
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Her real name is Susan but she changed it to Rita after the author Rita Mae Brown who wrote her favourite novel, 'Rubyfruit Jungle.' Rita's ideal lifestyle is to be educated and become middle class, like her tutor, Frank, who she looks up to. Her husband, Denny, expects her to have a child but she has been on The Pill, and secretly carried on taking it. This is because she wants to discover who she really is before she has a baby, and she plans to do this through education.
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With reference to act 1 scene 4 and scene 7, explain how Educating Rita is a play about the clash between class and culture.
The two scenes outlined in the title show that the pursuit of an education is a painful process and it is easier to conform to working class expectancies. Perhaps this reflects the pain Willy Russell went through in the pursuit of an education. The purpose of the Open University is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas and to provide an easy learning environment that is provided to you in your own time. This means that the OU is open to people of all classes and their views on education and how to go about it.
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further on in the play, where she calms down, and uses more "middle class" language- why at one point we see her sitting calmly in Frank's office reading a book before his arrival. Throughout 'Educating Rita,' stage directions also play a substantial part in the representation of humour ( serious or otherwise) . For example, at the start of the play the stage directions "[noticing the picture...she goes up to it]" and "[coming back to the desk...inspecting a bookcase]" show that Rita is lacking in patience, and cannot sit still.
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Do you think Ritas education is for the better? How does this reflect Russells views about society, culture and education?
He wants people to make assumptions over her intelligence so he can make a point when she proves them wrong. As she becomes more educated she extends her vocabulary and her language is more sophisticated like that of a middle class person. For example she quotes her flatmate 'More resonant than - purely contemporary poetry in that you can see in it a direct line through to nineteenth-century traditions of - of like wit an' classical allusion.' Here Rita proves how her education has given her understanding of complex language which would impress an audience.
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Educating Rita. Choose one of the main themes in the play and analyse the way in which Willy Russell explores this.
on his shelf, not being responsible about his job (he strolls into a class late, drunk and during the lecture he quotes Rita's alternate meaning of assonance as "getting the rhyme wrong.") Rita on the other hand is wishing she hadn't missed out on education when she was in school; this was because she didn't pay attention as it was the cool thing to do. But by the start of the play, when she is older, she has realised that she had done the wrong thing and has applied at the Open University for an English degree.
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Explore Act One of Willy Russells Educating Rita- how does he make it dramatic and entertaining? Comment on the character of Rita, language and action; dramatic devices and the cultural context.
The whole opening is evolved around Frank. Next, the audience witness a phone call to his partner. The directions state that he is a man that "shifts a lot of alcohol". The audience only hear Franks part in the conversation but the monologue reveals his secrecy about alcohol, and this confirms he is an addict. The way that Rita enters Frank's office has a maximum impact on the audience and emphasises the sort of character Rita is. Furthermore, the way that Russell has used effective stage actions to introduce Rita and this portrays what type of character Rita is, without the use of dialogue.
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How Does Willy Russell Convey the Class difference between Rita and Frank in Scenes One and Two of Educating Rita?
Rita is meant to represent a working class woman trying to move into the Middle Class through an education. Frank represents a middle class man whom interestingly has the pub and alcohol has a high priority in his life, which is a typical working class value. This could represent the barriers between classes slowly breaking down. Franks office or study is on the first floor: " a room on the first floor". This means Rita has to walk up the stairs to get to Frank and the middle class.
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The play itself takes is for two characters and takes place in Frank's office at the university, it is set in the late 70's and early 80's and is about a twenty six year old young wife called Susan White who wants to better herself by studying literature. Rita enrols herself into the Open University; her assigned professor is Dr. Frank Bryant, a man who prefers the company of Jack Daniel's, a type of whiskey, to Jack London. His wife is cheating on him, and his life is going nowhere.
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An example of one of these differences is that when Frank asks Rita about Yeats the poet, Rita assumes he is talking about Yeats the wine bar. Willy Russell includes these differences to make the play interesting and also to look at the theme of different social class's and their opinion. During the very first two scenes, there is lots of confusion and misunderstanding between Rita and Frank. "'You are?' 'What am I?'". Their misunderstandings are caused by them being from different backgrounds and cultures; Frank is from an upperclass background whereas Rita is from a working class family.
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Rita meets new people at summer school and finds a new flatmate, Trish who she now looks up to. The relationship between Frank and Rita drifts away as near the end of the play it is Frank who yearns for Rita. In the opening of the play, Rita crashes into Dr Frank Bryant's life and her aggressive seriousness earns great respect of her lecturer who had previously resigned himself to a life of empty lectures and booze. Rita's character is a "breath of fresh air that's been in the room for years" for Frank and he begins to care about someone or something for the first time in his life since his break up of marriage.
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In Educating Rita Willy Russell writes that education dives you a choice what changes are there in Rita as a result of her choosing education through the play?
hairdresser and she got a new job which is a bistro and that was one of her choice and gradually Rita changes because she thought that when she is now a properly educated woman in Act 2 she thinks that hairdressing is not an appropriate with the more intelligent world there for she choose to be a bistro.In Act 2 when Rita returned from summer school Frank offered her some cigarettes Rita then refused. "No, ta, I've packed it in!"
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Educating Rita. Willy Russell must use dramatic devices to keep the audience entertained and interested. He does this in many different ways Frank and Rita are from very different social classes and therefore react differently to objects. The whole play
Also there is a picture which is used as a conversation starter between Rita and Frank, Willy Russell also uses this to show the audience the difference in class between them as Frank sees is as 'fine art' where as Rita refers to it as 'erotic' The first time we hear frank speak in the play he is speaking on the phone. From this it shows that he seems slightly bored with the person on the other end (presumably his girlfriend/partner)
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Rita wants the qualities that Frank has, but he is unenthusiastic towards things because he is bored with his life. He takes Rita, who is so different to most people he has met for granted. Frank doesn't take an interest in Rita's life mainly because when he is trying to teach, she changes the subject. She has come to the Open University to gain an education and 'find herself'. But when Frank tries to teach her, she puts it off and this makes him lose him temper.
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The Moulin Rouge is a lewd cabaret club in the Montmartre district of Paris. Christian (Ewan McGregor) is a young British playwrite who had defied his father's wishes and gone to Paris to find true love, where he encounters bohemian artist Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo) and composer Erik Satie (Matthew Whittet). Christian composes a play called Spectacular Spectacular, and him, Toulouse and Erik plan to sell their play to Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent) owner of the Moulin Rouge. Toulouse organises a personal meeting with Satine (Nicole Kidman), a courtesan who has plans to become an actress, but unbeknown to Christian, Zidler had also arranged a personal meeting with The Duke of Worcester (Richard Roxburgh), who is interested in turning the Moulin Rouge from a brothel into a theatre.
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She emerges, immediately drawing all attention to her. Rita is unsure how to act, and her nerves and insecurity exacerbate her loud mannerisms - 'You're bleedin' mad you, aren't y'?' she exclaims to Frank. Her social naivety is demonstrated by how little she understands of formal interview situations. She is bold, brash and unsophisticated; behaving cheekily and very informally towards Frank on their first encounter. For instance, asking Frank if she can smoke, but also brandishing her cigarettes before he has a chance to answer. Her view of literature is also very puerile, considering pulp-fiction such as 'Ruby Fruit Jungle' to be literature.
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This scene shows the changes that have occurred to Rita as a result of education. From the start of this scene (p.49) we learn mainly of the confidence that Rita has acquired during summer school as she 'bursts' through the door and 'twirls'. These words radiate confidence as when she first met Frank she could barely open the door and, not to mention the fact that she wants to show off her 'new, second hand' clothes. 'New, second hand' emphasises Rita's change as she is wearing clothes that are new to her and is possibly trying to adopt someone else's lifestyle, as the author suggests with the use of the words 'second-hand' when referring to the person who's original clothes she has bought.
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Willy Russell communicates ideas throughout the play. The concepts of change and development are explored through the characters of frank and Rita. Russell exploits the dynamic of their relationship and how it facilitates opportunity in both of their lives. "What do you want to know?" "Everything." Rita demonstrates her eagerness for learning and education. Frank is surprised when she says she wants to know everything. This shows frank realising she is serious about the course. This scene also shows the differences Rita and Frank have at the beginning of the play in act 1 scene 1.
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Educating Rita: How does Willy Russell present the development of Frank and of Rita in Educating Rita?
This is evident from what is said in the conversation; "Oh God, why did I take this on?" From this, it seems as if Frank regrets his choice in taking up this job. Why he is doing so, nevertheless, is also revealed throughout his conversation with Julia. Immediately after expressing his regret in taking up the job, Frank answers his own question, "Yes, I suppose I did take it on to pay for the drink". This reinforces what I said earlier about Frank's love for his drink as he has taken on this job for the sole purpose/major purpose of actually paying for his drink!
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As this was the first question Frank asked Rita I assumed she would have been more polite to make a good first day impression; but we learn further on in the play that because Rita was herself, the bubbly loud personality, Frank was motivated to teach her and he wanted her to do well. Also a second point about Rita's speech is that on the first day of her tutorial, she swears! Using words like "tits", "fuckin", and "fucked", as a reader I would have expected Frank to say no for tutoring her.
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Here he shows that he is in fact unhappy and wonders why he is taking on the course. It shows that he is in a "rut", forced to do something he does not want just to be able to drink. Frank, because of his life, drinks heavily. It is his escape from all his problems. It also shows Frank's lack of confidence in his own abilities; he needs the drink to reassure himself that he can do it. As soon as we are introduced to Rita the atmosphere changes. She comes in and straight away starts to take control (because of her character, she is naturally a leader).
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