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Is Frank a good teacher or a pathetic drunkard?

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Is Frank a good teacher or a pathetic drunkard? By Harsh Munagala It is debatable as to whether Frank is an appalling teacher or the extreme opposite. Looking over the scenes, various points are brought to our attention that place Frank in a bad light. Frank is a very unconventional teacher. Although this can be argued as a good trait, Frank is not sufficiently detached from his students. This could lead him to look at her work from a bias point of view. To pass examinations, you're going to have to suppress, perhaps even abandon your uniqueness. In Act One, Scene 8, Rita has written an essay that Frank has describes as valuable, yet not what an examiner is looking for. He does not seem to know how to tell this to Rita for fear of hurting her feelings. As a teacher, he should have the ability to constructively criticize her essay writing skills, for her overall benefit. ...read more.

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Another scene which deals with Frank's alcohol problems is that when we find out that he hides a bottle of alcohol behind almost every book and when Rita sees this and tries to discourage him from doing so, he shouts at her and tells her to get out of his office. Rita's only mistake was caring too much and trying to help a man like Frank. Having mentioned all this, Frank can also be seen as a great inspiration to Rita. Many references of this are displayed. In Act One, Scene Six, Frank explains to Rita the meaning of tragedy. By this stage of the movie, he has mastered a way of explaining things to Rita in a way she will comprehend. He explains so clearly and thoroughly that eventually the results of his good teaching appear to have a positive affect on essays. He has the skill to teach her in a very thought provoking manner, entangling questions such as If I asked you to make a comparison between those books, into casual conversation between the pair. ...read more.

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Throughout the movie, we can see that Frank shows various characteristics that put him a bad light. Perhaps this is due to our pre-conception of him from Act One, Scene One. Yet, contrary to this, his non-conformist approach to teaching Rita obviously has had its effect on Rita, because we can see her change through out the movie. Although it can be argued that this change was not necessarily for the better. Frank sees that Rita is losing her views that he initially found most appealing about her. Yet, to Rita, the change is the one she had longed for and her wish was in effect granted for she did succeed in passing her examinations by the end of the movie. Overall, I believe that Frank is a good teacher and an inspiration to Rita; he has the important quality of explaining concepts to her in a thought provoking and clear way in which she will understand. Some of his teaching methods are controversial, yet all this ties together to bring out the best in Rita, which is what was the initial goal that was successfully achieved. ...read more.

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