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How are the differences between Rita and Frank emphasised in the opening of Educating Rita

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How are the differences between Rita and Frank emphasised in the opening of Educating Rita? Educating Rita is a 1970's play, which tells the story of a young woman, who pursues her dream of getting an education and moving up in the world. She embarks on an Open University course, and is tutored by a University professor, named Frank. The differences between Frank and Rita are emphasised straight from the opening of the play, and the first recognisable difference to the audience is the accent and dialect of the two characters. Frank is a well spoken, RP speaker, which would be almost essential for a man of his profession in the 1970's. He uses no slang words and speaks 'proper English'. Rita on the other hand is an eccentric scouser who speaks with her broad, regional accent and speaks almost completely in regional slang. The other major difference in the play is the difference in 'class' of the two characters. As mentioned, Rita is a young working-class woman and Frank is an older Middle-Class man. Frank has the highly respected profession of a university professor whereas Rita is a local hairdresser. Today, anyone watches any television they feel like, conversely, in the 1970's there were only two television channels available to the minority of the public who owned a television. These were BBC and ITV. BBC was, and still is, a government run television channel, which was designed to educate the public. ...read more.

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The children who came out of the Secondary Modern, were sent straight into the world of work and did not have the choice of a better lifestyle, that the Grammar School children were given, due to their lack of qualifications. Rita is one of many people who was forced down a set route, with no chance to turn back. This is when she becomes to determined to turn her life around. Until the 1970's once you had finished school, there was nothing you could do to get a qualification. However, Howard Wilson (the Labour Prime Minister whose terms in office ran from 1964 to 1970 and from 1974 to 1976), helped set up the Open University, which allowed people of all ages to get a degree and improve their lives for the better. When it first opened, it was free, open to anyone and no qualifications were needed, thus making it the perfect opportunity for hundreds of people to turn their lives around. This is Rita's path to her education, which is how she meets Frank. Both Frank and Rita are involved in relationships throughout the course of the play, however neither of them are going well. For different reasons, their relationships are crumbling. Rita is married to Denny, a working class man who is perfectly satisfied with his life. However, once Rita joins the O.U. he begins to get wary of her. ...read more.

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However, on another level, it is Rita talking about how she will fulfil her goal of becoming an educated women, and that she will be like Frank, an educated, respectable middle-class citizen. Frank, however is bored by the room but due to his complacency and his failure to use the choice he has, he seems to have become part of the room itself. However despite this he has grown so used to the room he even fails to notice certain things. This is shown at the beginning of the play when Rita points out a picture to him and he replies "Actually I don't think I've looked at it for about ten years" I conclude this essay by saying that Frank and Rita have many differences, furthermore, their biggest difference is their aspect on change. Rita feels as if she can 'sing better songs' and change her life for the better, whereas Frank is complacent with his life despite his obvious state of depression. i Quoted From Page 11 Line 7 ii Quoted from Page 2 Lines 23 - 24 iii Quoted from Page 17 Lines 17-18 iv Quoted From Page 33 Lines 32 - 33 v Quoted From Page 2 Lines 21 - 22 vi Quoted From Page 46 Lines 6 - 7 vii Quoted From Page 53 Line 1 viii Quoted From Page 53 Lines 4 - 5 ix Quoted From Page 7 Lines 27 - 28 x Quoted From Page 15 Lines 22 - 23 ?? ?? ?? ?? Joe Hill 11r3 Educating Rita 22/02/2009 ...read more.

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