• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore how Willy Russel makes act 1 scene 1 of 'Educating Rita' to watch on stage.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explore how Willy Russel makes act 1 scene 1 of 'Educating Rita' to watch on stage. In this essay I will explore how Willy Russel makes act 1 scene 1 of 'Educating Rita' good to watch on stage. To help me to do this I will look at: Cultural context and setting, for example, why was the play set in the North of England, and how does it help the play? I will also look at dramatic devices, such as the way Rita enters Franks study for the first time, and also the language used in the play, Rita is very outspoken and uses swear words were as Frank speaks proper English and does not use slang. I will also look at some themes in the play. 'Educating Rita' was written in 1985 and that was the time that the play was set in also. From reading act 1 scene 1, I can see some similarities of how life was in real life and how life was in the play. In the play, Rita's husband thinks that as a woman, Rita should have had some children by now. He thinks that women should cook, clean and have babies. I know this because Rita says 'I should have had a baby by now, every one expects it'. ...read more.

Middle

Rita also thinks that the picture is erotic but frank isn't very warm towards the idea. Willy Russell has used some dramatic devices in the play. An obvious one is when Rita tries to enter the room first of all. After she knocks on the door and is called in by frank, she tries to open the door. She struggles and cannot open the door. In the play this dramatic devise is disguised by the fact that the door handle was stiff and needed to be oiled but it could mean that Rita was struggling to get into franks study, which was her first step into the educated world. Russel also makes Rita act a bit of a slob when she first comes in; she dumps her bag on the floor and she talks rudely and is quite abrupt. This helps show that she is uneducated and makes her seem as if she doesn't fit in the room. Another dramatic device that is used is when Rita and frank are talking about poets and authors but all Rita can link them to are pubs ad actors out of TV programmes. This shows she is very uneducated. Also, her favourite book is 'Ruby fruit Jungle' which is a very poor uneducated type of book. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows he was annoyed at her and he had no respect. The relationship between Rita and her husband couldn't have been very good because she said that she wanted to explore herself and not have kids. She said that she wanted to learn but her husband had been against the idea were most men back up there wife's when they want to do something. She was also at the study in secret so she couldn't trust what he might do if he found out, like if he found out she was on the pill. Would he hit her or something? Frank says that '...I think you're marvellous...' This shows he like her from a very early stage. The relationship develops on more after the first couple of chapters. I think that the play relates to real life in the society at that time a lot. I think it helps with flow of the conversation and themes in the play. I think that the dramatic devices used and also the language used in the play really helps move the play along and makes it more humorous when they have a conversation. The essay has explored the social context and setting very well and used good dramatic devices. The themes have been good and useful for the reader/watcher. I think that the play would be exiting and dramatic to watch on stage. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Educating Rita section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Educating Rita essays

  1. Explore the ways in which Willy Russel depicts Rita's metamorphosis.

    Or Jane? Or Emily?" Frank specifically uses these names as they are all those of famous authors, thus mocking Rita's phony idolism. The beginning of Act 2 Scene 7 marks the end of Rita's exam; the playwright uses this scene to depict Rita as secure and self-sufficient.

  2. Educating Rita was published in 1982, written by Willy Russel.

    'It's very erotic.' Frank is very surprised by Rita's forwardness. Frank explains that he hasn't looked at the picture for about ten years and that he supposes it is erotic. 'There's no suppose about it. Look at those tits.' until this day, Frank hadn't seen the picture as anything but art.

  1. In this essay I am going to show my ideas for staging a production ...

    It also shows up Rita, making the way she walks round so much even more obvious to the audience. Sitting down also shows how much the person is ready to work-for example Frank is prepared to work in most scenes and is sitting down waiting for Rita to join him,

  2. Willy Russel - Educating Rita

    Before we first meet Rita we learn that she is a woman, "I've got this Open University woman coming," The conversation is between Frank and Julia on the phone.

  1. In what way is this scene, Act 1, Scene 1, a good introduction to ...

    "I am not," is a very powerful statement which just shows how definite he was not to have his hair cut. Having a hair cut is a big change and some people believe that it can change who you are because it changes your looks so dramatically.

  2. What Makes Me Different.

    Thus, identity of one's person is what built up of many components, that Amin Maalouf writes of his own identity saying: " I've got just one [identity], made up of many components combined together in a mixture that is unique to every individual" (3).

  1. Discuss how Willy Russel uses language and dramatic devices to convey the relationship between ...

    We do not meet Denny, Rita's husband and we do not meet Julia, Frank's wife. However these two characters do not appear once in the play. This dramatic device, keeping the play in one room, between two characters allows the audience to appreciate that the relationship between Frank and Rita goes through very clear and separate phases.

  2. Educating Rita-Willy Russel.

    In her early education, Rita was at a school that was not very good, it was "borin" and there was "knives and fights. Rita wanted to learn, but that was not allowed. This is because she would have become different from all her mates, which was not right from their point of view.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work