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Nicola White The ways in which Russell portrays the changes and developments in the characters of Rita and Frank in Act 1 scene 1 and Act 2 scene 1 of 'Educating Rita' The play 'Educating Rita' written by Willy Russell explores the life of Rita, a twenty-six year old woman from a working class background, who is trying to find a new identity by becoming more independent, educated and cultured. Rita goes to the Open University and meets her tutor Frank. She is determined to learn from him and will not let anything step in her way. On closer analysis of Act 1 scene 1 and Act 2 scene 2 of this play and the changes in the relationship between Frank and Rita in these two scenes. When Rita enters Frank's office at the beginning of Act 1 she is very talkative and excited. Frank is having problems with his life but he makes an obvious connection with Rita. In Act 2 scene 1 Rita returns from her holiday she is more mature and also widely educated and does not have to completely rely on Frank anymore. He does not approve of this and tries to become very controlling over Rita. In 'Educating Rita' there are two acts. ...read more.


Rita replies, "What am I?" Not knowing what Frank is intending. Frank thinks Rita is mad but amusing at the same time. He tells her " I think you're marvelous." Although he refuses to teach her. Rita will not take no for an answer. Rita's excited about taking this course and wants to be able to show everyone that she can become educated and do well in life. Rita feels that she is not as intelligent as other people but she believes in herself. Rita tells Frank she wants to know everything. Willy Russell was born in Whiston, Liverpool in 1947. He left school in 1962 and trained as a teacher in 1970. In 1972 a drama group preformed his first play at Edinburgh's fringe festival. From then onwards Russell produced a lot for television. 1983 was a big year for Russell; he released 'Educating Rita' as a film and was awarded a honary MA by the Open University. In 1980 'Educating Rita' won the west end best comedy award. Russell relates to Rita because he to was uneducated since he left school but decided to learn when he was older. ...read more.


He is like a vampire; he sits in a dark room with the curtains drawn and refuses to go outside where there is light. Unlike vampires Frank will not turn to dust if the sunrays touch him. Frank lies to Rita by saying " Like Dracula, I have an aversion to sunlight." Frank's window will not open as he has been in a dark office for so long. "It hasn't been opened for generations," Frank explains to Rita. At the end of Act 2 scene 1 Rita uses higher vocabulary words and recites a poem by William Blake. She explains the Frank how they covered Blake at summer school and Frank is a bit shocked but also disappointed that he cannot teach her Blake. Frank thinks more of Rita than just her tutor and friend, he has stronger feelings for Rita but she does not notice at all. Rita and Frank have become closer; the audience knows Frank has feelings for Rita although she does not. Rita's change in Character makes her more exciting and willing, but Frank seemed to like her better in Act 1 scene 1. Rita sees Frank as someone she an share things with in Act 1 but in Act 2 scene 1 she does not tell him she has a new flat mate or some other new things happening in her life. ...read more.

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