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    Educating Rita. How the character of Rita changes.

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    One technique the writer uses in the play is the setting. The play is set in a "book-lined tutorial room in a Victorian-built university in the North of England." Rita first arrives like an alien coming from one world to another. We see that she has to overcome obstacles straight away when she struggles to open Frank's tutorial door. "I am comin' in... It's this stupid bleedin' handle on the door."

    • Word count: 528
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    With Reference to Act 1 Scene 4 & Act 1 Scene 7 as a basis, explore how Educating Rita is a play about the clash of Class & Culture

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    Russell enrolled in an O level English literature course and passed it just like Rita enrolled herself for the Open University and worked her way towards being able to make her own choices in life. In act 1 scene 4 and act 1 scene 7 it is shown how hard it is to get an education. The Open University was established in 1969 and when the Open University opened to make it a lot easier for women to find an education no matter their background.

    • Word count: 970
  3. The opening scene of Educating Rita is one that really catches the audience's attention in many different ways

    Act 1 scene 1 is the introductory stage to Russell's characters. In the first five minutes of this opening, we get to know Frank quite well. We learn that Frank is a university lecturer who appears to have grown tired of his job and the same old people. Russell uses many dramatic devices. To begin with, Russell does not tell straight away the reason why Frank, the university lecturer, is "hurriedly" replacing each book on the bookshelf; instead, he creates an element of suspense, keeping interest in the audience's eyes.

    • Word count: 865
  4. Educating Rita. Choose one of the main themes in the play and analyse the way in which Willy Russell explores this.

    on his shelf, not being responsible about his job (he strolls into a class late, drunk and during the lecture he quotes Rita's alternate meaning of assonance as "getting the rhyme wrong.") Rita on the other hand is wishing she hadn't missed out on education when she was in school; this was because she didn't pay attention as it was the cool thing to do. But by the start of the play, when she is older, she has realised that she had done the wrong thing and has applied at the Open University for an English degree.

    • Word count: 871
  5. How Does Willy Russell Convey the Class difference between Rita and Frank in Scenes One and Two of Educating Rita?

    Rita is meant to represent a working class woman trying to move into the Middle Class through an education. Frank represents a middle class man whom interestingly has the pub and alcohol has a high priority in his life, which is a typical working class value. This could represent the barriers between classes slowly breaking down. Franks office or study is on the first floor: " a room on the first floor". This means Rita has to walk up the stairs to get to Frank and the middle class.

    • Word count: 715
  6. Educating Rita-post 1914 coursework

    This scene shows the changes that have occurred to Rita as a result of education. From the start of this scene (p.49) we learn mainly of the confidence that Rita has acquired during summer school as she 'bursts' through the door and 'twirls'. These words radiate confidence as when she first met Frank she could barely open the door and, not to mention the fact that she wants to show off her 'new, second hand' clothes. 'New, second hand' emphasises Rita's change as she is wearing clothes that are new to her and is possibly trying to adopt someone else's lifestyle, as the author suggests with the use of the words 'second-hand' when referring to the person who's original clothes she has bought.

    • Word count: 718
  7. Explore the dramatic qualities of 1.1 of Willy Russell(TM)s Educating Rita giving careful consideration to how they establish the character of Frank and Rita and how an audience might respond.

    Alcohol plays a huge part in Frank's life and is used as a dramatic device. He takes the Open University job so he can pay for the drinks-"Yes, I suppose I did it to pay for the drink" meaning he only took the job for that reason. He "pulls out a pile of books to reveal a bottle of whisky". Books are a symbol of disguise; Frank uses this to hide the drink. He does this because he doesn't want anyone to know that he still drinks.

    • Word count: 693
  8. Hound of the baskervilles

    Again, 'black' refers to the gothic tradition where bad things happen at night. It is set at a time when people where questioning there religious beliefs, and turning to things like mediums in order to attempt to shed some understanding of the supernatural. This is because of the advancement of science, and Darwin's theory we evolved from apes. Another theme is logic versus supernatural. For example, it is focused around the myth of the hound. This also ties into the gothic genre. The story then is about the myth of the hound and the death of Sir Charles Baskerville, and the attempt to find his killer.

    • Word count: 923
  9. Educating Rita S&L

    It serves her right really, she didn't treat me right or act like a proper wife should. She should have settled down, have kids and then been a good housewife. All of me mates used to laugh at me. She was never there for me, always swanning off, either at work, doing her bloody OU stuff or going out.

    • Word count: 514
  10. Educating Rita

    An example of this is at the end of Frank's phone call to Julia, when he says, "What do you mean am I determined to go to the pub? I don't need determination to get me into a pub..." I have used this quotation because it's something a typical man would say to his wife or girlfriend. In act 1, scene 1, a conversation takes place between Frank and Rita within the first 15 minutes of encountering each other. They are discussing an erotic painting that Frank has hanging on his wall.

    • Word count: 884
  11. Educating Rita

    The first thing that Rita says as she enter the room is "I'm cumin' in, aren't I? Its that stupid bleedin' handle on the door. You wana get that fixed." This is a clever first line. She addresses the audience with humour. Willy Russell has tried to make the audience find this funny and try and force the audience to like her. Rita being a 26year old hairdresser, she took a huge risk of studying English Literature course at an open university. By the risk I mean risking her marriage to study at a further level. She has been forced to depart from her husband whilst on the course.

    • Word count: 824
  12. Explore the dramatic impact of the opening scene of Educating Rita

    Frank pours himself a mug of whiskey when the telephone rings. This dramatic device widens the focus and brings the outside world in. On the phone was Frank's partner, Julia. We also learn he eat's lamb and ratatouille, which tells us he is probably from the middle class. Also we learn that this is the day that the new Open University student is coming to see Frank and that he does not want to go home. "I don't need determination to get me to the pub," is very ironic.

    • Word count: 541
  13. Montana 1948

    In this instance we see that Wes is more so a child to Julian than a Law Enforcer. With Julian wanting to protect his family name and pride more than he does the law he goes on to threaten Wes, "My God, boy. Stop this now. Stop this before I have to." You can see by this that Wes is now forced to make a decision, whether to listen to his father or to listen to his conscious. Law is a strong focus for Wes and so as hard as it is for Wes to deny his fathers actions he keeps his thoughts on what his conscious would do to him if he let a Murderer and Rapist out into Mercer County.

    • Word count: 945
  14. educating rita

    After he left college he started a job at the 'ladies' hairdressers. On from there he started writing "How does Willy Russell present the development of the relationship between Frank and Rita in the play?" The theme of love, friendship, and understanding are used in many ways in the novel. However, the theme of relationships is to do with my question and the novel it-self. However, out the play the understanding of relationship is shown in perfection and cultures. The play focuses on the way Rita and Frank guide each other though that period.

    • Word count: 648
  15. Willy Russel - Educating Rita

    Although Rita knows that knowledge and wisdom is extremely important, it means a lot more to her. It is about what she wants to achieve for herself, and how much she is willing to sacrifice. The way in which she converts from the uneducated Rita to the educated Susan is a struggle for her. The obstacles that have been placed in her way may sometimes knock her down, nevertheless we do not judge her on that, we judge her on how she gets up again and powers on. Through the course of the book she has a determination to become her own person and be in control of her own life she sees education as a guide in which to speak, act and be.

    • Word count: 869
  16. Educating Rita act 1 scene 1

    This is because a Victorian university's are usually quite prestigious, and a job at one would make you middle-class. Franks search is the first clue into Frank's lifestyle, the audience is first led to believe that Frank maybe searching for a book, and Willy Russell does this to produce shock for when the whisky bottle appears. The conversation Frank has with his wife on the phone, is put in this play to quickly give the viewers a insight into Franks life, this includes a conversation about ratatouille and lamb, In the 1980's meals such as ratatouille was very much a middle class dish, it was not a regularly available as it is today.

    • Word count: 515
  17. Does Rita's education change her for the better or worse?

    Rita starts off the play as an unmannered common liverpudlian. She talks funny and has no manners. In act 1 this is shown. 'I'll bet he did y'know' and 'look at those tits.' She says this while talking to her tutor which is a display of rudeness. However in scene 7 her mannerisms change almost completely. 'I came to tell you you're a good teacher. Thanks for enterin me in the exam' the reason I say almost completely changed is because she still uses 'enterin' which is slight slang. Also she moves out of her suburb house with a violent partner into a nice flat, with a flatmate into arts and healthy lifestyle.

    • Word count: 615
  18. Educating Rita

    There was also a great culture split between the working class and middle class where the lower band of people couldn't go to university. In 1980 only 7% of people went to university whereas now in 2006 approximately 40% of people go. This shows an outstanding change in society and how the demolition of university has grown again. I will look at how Rita represents the whole of the working class and how they change throughout the time of the 1980's.

    • Word count: 910
  19. Act 1 Scene 1 the audience hear Rita before meeting her. Rita is illustrated as nervous and ill at ease, immediately her language makes her an attractive character to the audience

    And this shows that Rita is honest and cocky because she is saying something that's true but does it in a way to hide the fact that she is nervous also gives the audience the impression that she is cocky and witty.

    • Word count: 291
  20. Educating Rita

    In Scenes 2 to 4 Rita and Frank's relationship in these scenes develop to become very close as Rita is being educated and taught. Rita is asked to do an essay on pear gynt she takes it away and has a go at it and when she brings it back to Frank as Frank looks at it he sees that there is nothing written on the paper she says "I can't do it I tried honest I did" she says that she can't understand what he is going on about.

    • Word count: 702
  21. Educating Rita is about two from opposite worlds

    Rita has a husband and her only habit is to smoke unlike Frank-whose habit is to get drunk. Rita knows how to put humor into a conversation by making fun of herself-but that doesn't mean other people are allowed to make fun of her as well. Frank thinks Rita's life is a lot more gratifying, he wants to be free and have a life like Rita's. Since Rita burst into his life there had been a breath of fresh air in the room "Is that all you wanted.

    • Word count: 731
  22. Explore the ways in which Russell engages the audiences interest in the main characters and themes in the opening scene of Educating Rita and explain whether you think the play written in 1979 is still relevant to 2005.

    Does he drink too much? Is this important? Rita is introduced as an uneducated, loud, rude young woman. The first impression Russell gives the audience is Rita saying: "I'm comin' in, aren't I?" to someone she has never met before, which shows a lack of manners or simply a casual upbringing. He then shows her going to a chair and "dumping her bag". By using the verb "dump" Russell immediately suggests that Rita is not a ladylike person, and this follows the impression that she is ill mannered.

    • Word count: 971
  23. Frank Lampard is one of the best midfielders in English football and an inspiration too many. At just 27 he has won a whole array of awards r

    Both his father and uncle have been successful footballers along with his cousin, Jamie Redknapp. Franks career started in 1994 when he was signed by West ham of whom his uncle was the manager of and who his father was currently playing for. Unfortunately he did not make much of an impression and so the fans turned against him. Later he was loaned out to Division two's 'Swansea City' for who he played just 7 games and scored only one goal and was later struck with an injury to his right foot which left him out for the rest season.

    • Word count: 434
  24. In Montana 1948, written by Larry Watson, the events that took place irrevocably changed David Hayden's life in several ways, both good and bad. The novel Montana 1948, is written from the point

    affable Uncle Frank was gone for good" Event 3: Frank's death * scars, no longer believed in the purity of history * produced cynical approach to history * could no longer believe any historical record may have been true * "did not believe in the purity and certainty of the study of history" Essay In Montana 1948, written by Larry Watson, the events that took place irrevocably changed David Hayden's life in several ways, both good and bad. The novel Montana 1948, is written from the point of view of David, the son of the Mercer County's sheriff, Wesley Hayden and features many events which are indelible from his memory.

    • Word count: 805
  25. Act 1 scene 5 is the dramatic climax of act 1 in the drama "The Diary of Anne Frank" written by Goodrich and Hackett. The play is based on the Diary of Anne Frank

    After this everyone jumps to conclusion "it's the green police they've found us" and "no it's a thief looking for money". Mr Frank tells every one to calm down. Mr Frank goes downstairs to check what has happened as he gets downstairs the green police and someone enter the flat. He rushes back upstairs at the first time possible and bolts the door behind him at the end of the scene the two families join in sing a Hanukkah song as this calms everyone down again and all tension has gone.

    • Word count: 755

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss the ways in which Willy Russell develops the characters of Rita and Frank in his play 'Educating Rita'.

    "In my opinion, the play has got a slight twist to it, when the role reversal is consumed within the play, but overall the play is quiet entertaining and typical because it was set in the 1980's which was the ere full of plays and new but twisted plays. This was the same for media when computer graphics enables films to be made more action packed and less dangerous. I also think that Rita did slightly change for the better because she was more confident in herself and passed the English Literature exam easily. From the education she learned, I think that she has more knowledge, respect, and talks formally and is a second-class citizen. The final aspect in which I shall analyze is about the affect the play shall have on the audience after they have completed reading 'Educating Rita' by 'Willy Russell'. I think the play might make the audience think that education is very valuable, important, gains you respect and class in society. Mohson Qayyum Page 1"

  • Discuss the ways in which Willy Russell develops the characters of Rita and Frank in his play 'Educating Rita'.

    "In my opinion, the play has got a slight twist to it, when the role reversal is consumed within the play, but overall the play is quiet entertaining and typical because it was set in the 1080's which was the ere full of plays and new but twisted plays. This was the same for media when computer graphics enables films to be made more action packed and less dangerous. I also think that Rita did slightly change for the better because she was more confident in herself and passed the English Literature exam easily. From the education she learned, I think that she has more knowledge, respect, and talks formally and is a second-class citizen. The final aspect in which I shall analyze is about the affect the play shall have on the audience after they have completed reading 'Educating Rita' by 'Willy Russell'. I think the play might make the audience think that education is very valuable, important, gains you respect and class in society. Mohson Qayyum Page 1"

  • Billy Liar - Discuss your opinions of Billy's 3 girlfriends. Do they give a fair representation of women, or are they biased and stereotyped and calculated to bring comedy to the performance?

    "Conclusion I can confidently say that I do not believe that Liz and Barbara have been stereotyped. I think that Barbara has been modified and configured to bring comedy and that Liz has to been changed to bring romance to the play. I noticed my-self using the word society and talking about how people if the 1960's were, for this reason I believe that the play relates to the 1960's and is about the 1960's, it is relevant to contemporary society."

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