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How does Russell present the changes in Frank and Rita in act 2, scenes 2-6?

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How does Russell present the changes in Frank and Rita in act 2, scenes 2-6? Rita before: "Its that stupid bleed'n handle on that door, you wanna get it fixed." Rita now: "Frank, you're not in any fit state for a tutorial" Frank before: "It's supposed to embrace a more comprehensive studentship." Frank now: "Pissed? I was glorious! I fell off the rostrum twice." As well as these changes, I will illustrate many other dramatic changes and role reversals that have taken place between the characters of Rita and Frank in the last few scenes of the play. Firstly with the stage direction "RITA, WHO IS SITTING COMFORTABLY IN THE ARMCHAIR." Russell has shown us that Rita is now the educated woman she first set out to be. ...read more.

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Russell also suggests that because of this certain craves in life can change your attitude (e.g. alcohol) and make you commit things you may regret. As well as this, with the quote "You didn't tell me..." Russell presents Frank as an obsessed lover. Which is a completely different register instead of the expected teacher pupil register. Also as well as being obsessed, it shows the audience that he wants to be with her always and seems to never want her out of his sight. The audience would feel uncomfortable as a teacher is so concerned by a pupil's social life. So by this I imagine that Russell is suggesting that fondness for someone can come in many forms that are not thought upon at first. ...read more.

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With this Russell suggests that if you spend your whole life caring and protecting something and it breaks, you end up with nothing left as you turned away from everything else to care for it. So this is just the same situation as Rita and Frank. The audience would feel sorry for Frank, as without Rita in his life he has nothing. Russell ends the play with Rita's dreams coming true. She is now considered educated. And for Frank, well sadly he remains a lonesome alcoholic although in Rita's eyes he is thought upon as a special and unique teacher and life long friend. But we can say that both the characters of Rita and Frank, through their special and mostly amusing experience together have learnt many valuable skills and lessons that will remain within them forever. ...read more.

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