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Through close analysis of three or four scenes from different parts of the play, show how Willy Russell brings out the cultural backgrounds of Frank and Rita in

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Through close analysis of three or four scenes from different parts of the play, show how Willy Russell brings out the cultural backgrounds of Frank and Rita in "Educating Rita". Comment on how Frank and Rita's attitudes to culture change in the play In carrying out the objectives we have been given to write this coursework, as outlined in the title, we must evaluate the themes and dramatic techniques used and if we believed they were adequate. We must compare the book to the film and what advantages and disadvantages either medium presents.Culture has a tremendous impact on the feelings and opinions they have, and it is therefore justified that I shall be analysing the relevance of culture in the book and film. I have opted to do four scenes from the play. These being Act One Scene Two, Act Two Scene One, and Act Two Scene Seven. I chose scene two out of Act one because we learn a great deal about Rita's school life, skills as a writer, her curiousity, her colloquial language, dialect and of her limited vocabulary, not forgetting Frank's reactions to these, many of which are priceless. In Act Two Scene One, Rita returns from Summer School, and this has a noticeable impression on her. We also hear how Frank has been while she has been away, giving further insight into Frank's curren state. Act two scene four is one of great importance. ...read more.

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talk in a proper manner, which would grow monotonous to anyone, and Rita's relaxed attitude must be a breath of fresh air for him. Rita goes into great detail about her school life, making several bold remarks about the quality of her education: " ripped-up books, broken glass everywhere, knives an' fights. An' that was just in the staffroom.", "studyin' was just for the whimps", and " there was always somethin' in me head, tappin' away, telling me I might have got it all wrong. But I'd just play another record or buy another dress an' stop worryin'. There's alwats somethin' to make you forget about it. So y' do, an' y' keep goin', tellin' yourself life's great." These attitudes show the appaling standards of education in Rita's school, and how valueable education was seen at this school. It also shows how intelligent Rita was, and is, if she is able to see through these hollow beliefs and see how vital it is to have an education. Her intelligence shows that she has the potential which needs to be unlocked, and this is why she needs Frank's help. After this conversation, Rita encourages the lesson to begin, and in the next conversation, the culture divide becomes even more evident. Rita refers to her essay as, "crap", which a cultured woman would not do. Frank gives Rita a lecture about how important it is to remain objective not subjective when attempting literary criticism and asks her what she thought of the book and she replies:"I thought it was crap!", again ...read more.

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This is a shockingly hostile thing to say. He is clearly very uneasy with a cultured Rita. Rita and Frank get in an argument about his drinking. She gives him a lecture about how his drinking will kill him, however, she had no problem with his drinking when they first met. Her culture has reformed to the state that she deplores all intoxicating substances like tobacco and alcohol, when she used to be so open-minded. Such subtle changes in attitude really show Willy Russell's skills as a dramatist, as they are not too concealed but not too obvious, allowing the piece to be greatly layered, allowing the reader or viewer to delve into the story as deeply as they want to go and still receive the same sintilation from his work. At the end of the scene, Frank tells Rita that they are to work on the poet Blake, and Rita tells him that she has already done him and begins to flaunt about her expertise on Frank saying, "you don't do Blake without covering the songs of innocence and experience do y'?". This is an exceedingly conceited remark to make and quite an inconsiderate thing to say to a man like Frank with an obvious inferiority complex. The early Rita would not have made such an insensitive comment. This scene was not done very differently in the film to the book. This scene, however, was filmed in the park, which i felt was very effective as a change in Frank becuase in the earlier chapters, he claims he has an aversion to light, which shows a change in his opinions. ...read more.

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