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How do the principal characters change as the play proceeds? In what ways does their relationship change - Willy Russel

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Bhupesh Mistry 18.10.2001 How do the principal characters change as the play proceeds? In what ways does their relationship change? "I think you're marvellous. Do you know, I think you're the first breath of fresh air that's been in this room for years" Was this the start of a new life for a man who was not happy with his place in society? As Rita a working class hairdresser who is provoked by her sense of incompleteness, steps into Frank's life. These are the two vital characters of 'Educating Rita' written by Willy Russell who tries to explore and portray the issues of too completely different yet similar classes, the classes being working and middle class. 'Educating Rita' a play written in the 1970's, you will also notice that this play is a two-hander, although this play is on based on the foundation of only two characters many others characters are mentioned and play a crucial role in forming the plot of this play. In this assignment I will be examining the ways in which Willy Russell tries to change the path of two characters. Also I will be analysing the ways in which the two characters have an influence on each other's metamorphosis as the play proceeds. ...read more.


I should have had a baby by now; everyone expects it. I'm sure me husband thinks I'm sterile. He was moanin' all the time y'know, 'come off the pill, let's have a baby'. I told him I'd come off it, just to shut him up. But I'm still on it. See I don't want a baby yet... I wanna discover my self first" This shows her determination to succeed and become apart of class she dreamt of being in, she also states later that she wants to make her own decisions. One could consider that Rita is autobiographical character of Willy Russell as he was also a hairdresser, who had too become a student to accomplish his ambition. Rita has started Open University and is already finding it hard to read books and understand literary criticism. "I can't do it. Honest, I just can't understand what he's on about." Act 4 Scene 1 immediately shows Rita's disbelief in her self. She tries to explain to Frank how she can't not understand Forster. Then Frank moves on to her 'Peer Gynt' essay. "'Suggest how you would resolve the staging difficulties inherent in a production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt' you have written, quote, 'Do it on the radio', unquote" - Frank "Precisely" - Rita "Well?" ...read more.


she tells him how her new self means every thing to her. Frank tries to explain to her how she has not found a better song to sing but merely 'another song to sing'. Act 2 Scene 7 is like the summary of the whole play. Rita finally tells him how she made the decision and chose herself, Frank also I think recognises Rita's achievement and give her a dress it is a dress he had bought for an educated women the dress is given to her to symbolise her new beginning. In conclusion I think this was very well written. Willy Russell manages to capture every part of Rita's metamorphosis in great detail. The play gives a very good, account of Rita's will and determination to transform in to 'proper student' overall, the play is very good. The fact that the play is a two - hander is very effective throughout the play. I think the play could have been improved by making it slightly longer. In contrast with the film I would prefer the play itself as the film contains too may characters ruining the effectiveness' of the two-hander approach. A theatre production may have been a good idea, but compared to nowadays humour I think it lacked in humour although many may say it was full of humour and it won many comedy awards in its time. ...read more.

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