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What impression of Rita does Willy Russell create in Act One, Scene One? How does this character develop throughout the play?
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What impression of Rita does Willy Russell create in Act One, Scene One?
How does this character develop throughout the play?
Educating Rita was written by Willy Russell in the late seventies and first performed in the early eighties, to rave reviews. His device of using comedy to portray important issues in the contemporary time of social unrest meant that the play was accessible to many, and so became very popular. One of the main sources of this juxtaposition of comedy and seriousness is Rita, and her search to 'find herself'. This essay explores how the author creates a lasting impression of Rita in the first scene, and shows how she develops in later scenes throughout the play.
The first scene is, arguably, the most essential to the play. It is the scene that has to captivate the audience's attention, so that they want to see what will happen in later scenes. It is also (perhaps most importantly) the one that gives us our first insights on the main - indeed the only - characters we see; that is, Rita and Frank, and shapes our perceptions of them throughout the rest of their story. These
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