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From your study of Willy Russell's 'Educating Rita', describe which character in the play changes the most.

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From your study of Willy Russell's 'Educating Rita', describe which character in the play changes the most Explain: * How the characters change * The characters role in the play * How the playwright uses dramatic devices * How the use of language shows these changes * How these changes reflect the social, historical and cultural background. The play 'Educating Rita' was written by Willy Russell in 1985, for all the 'Rita's' and all the 'Frank's' in the audience. The play is based on Willy Russell's life so it could be interpreted as an autobiographical play. Like Rita, Russell did not study at school so he did not have any O levels, so he wanted an education to get away from Hairdressing like Rita wanted an education to see what she could become. At this point in the play Frank can tell Rita anything and she will listen and believe all of it. As time goes on she looses this hunger for knowledge because of summer school and her flatmate Trish that dramatically changes Rita. ...read more.

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songs than the one they were singing at the moment, this is used as a metaphor: when she talks about the song I think she means about their lives, that they could have done so much more with their lives then what they have. After summer camp Frank says that Rita hasn't found a better song but a different one. Her role in the play as the central character in the play is to be the other half of the duet - the black board that frank writes on. Rita wants an education; to use the brain she has to its full potential, not to follow the footsteps of those around her e.g. Get married, have babies and work in a dead end job so she sees education as the doorway out of her dull existence. At first she sees Frank as an educated man with a great life which is a result of the education, but soon comes to realise that his life is not much better then the one she wants to leave. ...read more.

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At the end of the play Rita seems to be in control of the last scene as she tells Frank that he has given her this knowledge and she has not given him anything in return. She tells Frank that there is only one thing for her to do to thank him so he sits down and the audience gets the impression of something sexual about to happen but Rita gets a pair of scissors and begins to cut Franks hair. In this scene the dramatic device used is one for humour. Educating Rita is mainly about a character trying to find the right words to express herself, and as she becomes more educated Rita learns to adapt her language to different audiences. Rita's increasing mastery of the language helps her to grow more confident. In the character of Rita, Willy Russell was reaching out to an audience whose daily language was not of the theatre or the university but to all the Franks and Rita's in the audience. Rita attempts to change her language to the proper use of words, because of what Trish said: 'you can't discuss beautiful literature with an ugly voice.' ...read more.

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