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How does Willy Russell show Rita(TM)s relationship with Frank changing over the course of the play?

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"Just don't keep treating me as though I'm the same as when I first walked in here" Act 2 Scene 3 How does Willy Russell show Rita's relationship with Frank changing over the course of the play? Comment on the influences on her to change. You should base your answer on Act 2 Scene 3 but include evidence from the whole play. 'Educating Rita' is a play that consists of a married working-class woman called Rita and her tutor Frank. Over the course of the play Rita is trying to discover herself as she has little education and a poor job as a hairdresser which leads her to trying the break free from her social class. Also "I should have had a baby by now every one expects it" is a line that Rita says that shows her discontent. Rita consequently wants to be more like Frank: educated, middle class and choice. Frank on the other hand is generally unhappy before he met Rita as he feels bored and trapped wanting to be more like Rita. ...read more.

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Also the difference between Frank and Rita is shown when Rita is invited to Frank's party. Rita looks through the window and sees Frank and all his guests. This demonstrates the different in class between Rita the working-class out side and Frank's middle class inside the house. Another example of Russell showing Rita's change is her relationships with her family and friends. Rita's opinion on her family drastically changes throughout the play as she is so determined to create a decent education for herself she starts to get into arguments with her boyfriend Denny, and because she is so determined to get an education she breaks up with him. This is unlike her as at the start of the play her character would never think of betraying or leaving him but because she is so wrapped up in it all they end up apart. Near the beginning of the play Rita tells Frank how people want to come into the hairdressers where she works and go out a different person. ...read more.

Conclusion

when he was drunk he grabbed Rita's arm and threw her into the chair below her "No - no - you must stay". This shows us how desperate he is to have her under his control and her to want him. Their relationship with each other unquestionably changes but whether it is for good or for bad is up for debate. Personally in my mind Rita's changes undoubtedly for the worse as it has cause the fun lovable women to completely change into something that really doesn't suit her character. Then Frank has entirely changed as well but maybe he has changed too much; I feel that the character should enjoy his life but not change who he really is too much. The relationship between them changed from a close one to one of a appalling nature. Frank desperate for Rita and Rita didn't seem to care. Over all I feel people should have to change to fit in because as you saw in the start Frank liked Rita for who she was so therefore there was no need for change. ...read more.

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