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How Does the Author Gain and Hold the Audience's Interest in the Opening of the Play?

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How Does the Author Gain and Hold the Audience's Interest in the Opening of the Play? In the opening of educating Rita, the author quickly introduces his characters: Frank, a university teacher in his early fifties, bored with his life and Rita, a badly educated hairdresser with a thirst for knowledge. Frank is introduced firstly as he is searching through a bookcase, muttering to himself as if looking for a book. He finds the book he is looking for and pulls out a hidden bottle of whisky from behind it and pours himself a drink. This tells us that Frank has a drinking problem. The author uses a one-sided telephone conversation between Frank and someone we expect to be his wife or girlfriend. ...read more.

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He has had to take on a student at the Open University to help pay for his drinking. Even though he hasn't met his new student he describes her as a "Silly woman's attempts to get into the mind of henry James". At this point Rita enters in the scene, she knocks twice on the door although Frank yells at her to come in. Eventually she bursts into the room swearing and using common language," I'm comin' in, aren't I? It's that stupid bleedin' door. You wanna get it fixed!" This is very dramatic as we are made to wait for Rita's entrance and she doesn't walk meekly into the room, as we would expect a student to do. She takes a commanding role and is telling Frank what to do. ...read more.

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Rita studies a painting hanging on the office wall and asks frank if he thinks it's erotic. Frank is obviously surprised and mutters something about not having looked at it for ten years. Rita, however, carries on talking about it. Frank, slightly embarrassed and shocked coughs and engrosses himself in looking at the admission papers again. This again shows the contrast between Frank and Rita's classes and backgrounds: Frank has probably never been approached like this before and being upper class doesn't talk about anything to do with sex or nudity openly. Frank is also shocked about being asked such a question from a complete stranger. The author makes his opening interesting and entertaining with comedy, this makes the audience interested and eager to see more and has a good idea of Frank and Rita's characters. ...read more.

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