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Select three scenes from the play Educating Rita which you find the most poignant, explain why they are so powerful. As the director of the play what ideas would you want to put across to the audience and how may the audience rea

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Select three scenes from the play "Educating Rita" which you find the most poignant, explain why they are so powerful. As the director of the play what ideas would you want to put across to the audience and how may the audience react. Educating Rita is a comedy which raises significant social issues and is set in modern times. The play demonstrates the writer's ability to show two stereotypes. Each from a different background and education. They both have different views on education and we see how this has shaped their lives. For my first scene I have chosen scene two from act 1. I found this one of the more poignant scenes simply because Rita feels she is uneducated and even though she has come to an open university she feels she isn't a 'proper' student, for example Rita says "I haven't had a new dress in twelve months and I'm not gonna get one either, not till I pass me first exam. ...read more.


Again, as the director of the play I would have Rita perform this with a sad look on her face to let the audience know that she isn't happy with herself and her situation. For my second scene I chose scene seven from act 1. I chose this scene because Rita is really upset with Frank about her not being able to come to Franks for dinner, for example Rita says, "But I don't want to be myself. Me? What's me? Some stupid woman who gives us all a laugh because she thinks she can learn, because she thinks that one day she'll be like the rest of them, talking seriously, confidently, with knowledge, livin' a civilised life" I chose this quotation because Rita is really angry with herself and Frank. I find this paragraph particularly powerful as I can really imagine Rita shouting this at Frank and being assertive to the point of being confrontational. ...read more.


But the meanin's gone." I found I found this quote powerful because Rita seems ashamed or embarrassed about her background/culture, this connects with her not being 'educated' because she feels her background would allow her to be educated. As the director of the play I would have Rita sigh every often to really give the effect that she's not happy about where she came from. By the end of the play we as the audience are pulled in different directions. We can feel happy for Rita who can move on to bigger and better things in life. She has not yet decided what she will do but education has given her the power of 'choice'. On the other hand Frank's choices seem to be narrowing and we are left unsure of his future. The audience would leave the play feelings uneasy about Frank as well as proud of Rita. She is now educated but has paid a price. ...read more.

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