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Referring closely to Scenes 6 & 7 in Act 2, discuss the changes seen in Frank and Rita's relationship.

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Educating Rita Eren Svirca B11 In this essay I will be referring closely to Scenes 6 & 7 in Act 2. I will be discussing the changes in Frank's and Rita's relationship, and comparing their relationship "now" as to what it used to be in the beginning of the play. Rita & Frank are the two main or, only characters in the play. This is a powerful and smart way to let the audience or reader to get to know our two characters, their feelings, emotions and thoughts. The audience can see and tell the difference in the characters social status straight away. Frank is a professor in a university, teaching English literature - in his late forties. He is an alcoholic - loves to drink, he has a girlfriend, but this relationship that he's in is going like all others; failure. ...read more.

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She is in a relationship; she's been living with her partner for six years. She also wants to learn how to speak "proper" English. In the beginning of the play Rita and Frank are getting to know each other, and they have nothing more than a "teacher-student" relationship, although throughout the play we can see that they get to know each other better, and they gain more respect for each other. Everything starts to change when Rita goes off to summer school. When she comes back from summer school Frank is surprised by her appearance - she now looks like any other "smart" and educated woman, she has started to speak "proper" English (even though she has a strong Livepudlian accent.) He is also kind of shocked, because they used to share and tell each other stuff, and now all of a sudden she has moved out and broken up with her partner - she's moved in with an "educated" woman who can speak "proper" English. ...read more.

Conclusion

Before leaving he asks Rita to go with him, now that his "girlfriend" left him: "It'd be good for us to leave a place that's just finishing for one that's just beginning." By saying "......for one that's just beginning." he admits and in a way accepts that she is an educated woman, he is also "proud" of her achievement. After asking her that he gives her a dress, by doing that I guess he feels as though he owes her something - he's thankful for the "relationship" they had, and as a response to that Rita gives him a haircut. This shows the audience that they both have respect for each other and for each others opinions. Act 1 was mainly about Rita getting her education while her relationship was breaking up; Act 2 was about Frank's relationship, career and life breaking down. Now that Rita got what she wanted; her education, Frank more less "lost" her as a friend but he definitely lost her as a student. ...read more.

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