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GCSE: Educating Rita
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With close reference to her speech in Act 1 Scene 4, how does Rita represent the views of Willy Russell?4 star(s)
She believes that the national newspapers do this "so the disease" of not aspiring to be more than your label "is always covered up". The fact that she believes everyone should have the chance to be educated shows her communist way of thinking, as it shows that she thinks that everyone should be equal. In the speech, Rita compares to the working class people as "drug addicts", saying they are similar because "they hate it when one of them tries to break away".
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When she describes Frank's picture as being 'erotic' she is displaying that she does not think about what she says. Another example of this is that in Act One Scene Two Rita asks to read Frank's poems but Frank replies 'It's the sort of poetry you can't understand...' Frank's reply gives the impression that Rita probably wouldn't have been able to understand them. However, later on in the play (once Rita has got her education) Rita is allowed to read them and says that they are 'brilliant'.
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With reference to act 1 scene 4 and scene 7, explain how Educating Rita is a play about the clash between class and culture.
The two scenes outlined in the title show that the pursuit of an education is a painful process and it is easier to conform to working class expectancies. Perhaps this reflects the pain Willy Russell went through in the pursuit of an education. The purpose of the Open University is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas and to provide an easy learning environment that is provided to you in your own time. This means that the OU is open to people of all classes and their views on education and how to go about it.
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further on in the play, where she calms down, and uses more "middle class" language- why at one point we see her sitting calmly in Frank's office reading a book before his arrival. Throughout 'Educating Rita,' stage directions also play a substantial part in the representation of humour ( serious or otherwise) . For example, at the start of the play the stage directions "[noticing the picture...she goes up to it]" and "[coming back to the desk...inspecting a bookcase]" show that Rita is lacking in patience, and cannot sit still.
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Do you think Ritas education is for the better? How does this reflect Russells views about society, culture and education?
He wants people to make assumptions over her intelligence so he can make a point when she proves them wrong. As she becomes more educated she extends her vocabulary and her language is more sophisticated like that of a middle class person. For example she quotes her flatmate 'More resonant than - purely contemporary poetry in that you can see in it a direct line through to nineteenth-century traditions of - of like wit an' classical allusion.' Here Rita proves how her education has given her understanding of complex language which would impress an audience.
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Explore Act One of Willy Russells Educating Rita- how does he make it dramatic and entertaining? Comment on the character of Rita, language and action; dramatic devices and the cultural context.
The whole opening is evolved around Frank. Next, the audience witness a phone call to his partner. The directions state that he is a man that "shifts a lot of alcohol". The audience only hear Franks part in the conversation but the monologue reveals his secrecy about alcohol, and this confirms he is an addict. The way that Rita enters Frank's office has a maximum impact on the audience and emphasises the sort of character Rita is. Furthermore, the way that Russell has used effective stage actions to introduce Rita and this portrays what type of character Rita is, without the use of dialogue.
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The play itself takes is for two characters and takes place in Frank's office at the university, it is set in the late 70's and early 80's and is about a twenty six year old young wife called Susan White who wants to better herself by studying literature. Rita enrols herself into the Open University; her assigned professor is Dr. Frank Bryant, a man who prefers the company of Jack Daniel's, a type of whiskey, to Jack London. His wife is cheating on him, and his life is going nowhere.
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An example of one of these differences is that when Frank asks Rita about Yeats the poet, Rita assumes he is talking about Yeats the wine bar. Willy Russell includes these differences to make the play interesting and also to look at the theme of different social class's and their opinion. During the very first two scenes, there is lots of confusion and misunderstanding between Rita and Frank. "'You are?' 'What am I?'". Their misunderstandings are caused by them being from different backgrounds and cultures; Frank is from an upperclass background whereas Rita is from a working class family.
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Educating Rita. Willy Russell must use dramatic devices to keep the audience entertained and interested. He does this in many different ways Frank and Rita are from very different social classes and therefore react differently to objects. The whole play
Also there is a picture which is used as a conversation starter between Rita and Frank, Willy Russell also uses this to show the audience the difference in class between them as Frank sees is as 'fine art' where as Rita refers to it as 'erotic' The first time we hear frank speak in the play he is speaking on the phone. From this it shows that he seems slightly bored with the person on the other end (presumably his girlfriend/partner)
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Rita wants the qualities that Frank has, but he is unenthusiastic towards things because he is bored with his life. He takes Rita, who is so different to most people he has met for granted. Frank doesn't take an interest in Rita's life mainly because when he is trying to teach, she changes the subject. She has come to the Open University to gain an education and 'find herself'. But when Frank tries to teach her, she puts it off and this makes him lose him temper.
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The Moulin Rouge is a lewd cabaret club in the Montmartre district of Paris. Christian (Ewan McGregor) is a young British playwrite who had defied his father's wishes and gone to Paris to find true love, where he encounters bohemian artist Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo) and composer Erik Satie (Matthew Whittet). Christian composes a play called Spectacular Spectacular, and him, Toulouse and Erik plan to sell their play to Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent) owner of the Moulin Rouge. Toulouse organises a personal meeting with Satine (Nicole Kidman), a courtesan who has plans to become an actress, but unbeknown to Christian, Zidler had also arranged a personal meeting with The Duke of Worcester (Richard Roxburgh), who is interested in turning the Moulin Rouge from a brothel into a theatre.
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She emerges, immediately drawing all attention to her. Rita is unsure how to act, and her nerves and insecurity exacerbate her loud mannerisms - 'You're bleedin' mad you, aren't y'?' she exclaims to Frank. Her social naivety is demonstrated by how little she understands of formal interview situations. She is bold, brash and unsophisticated; behaving cheekily and very informally towards Frank on their first encounter. For instance, asking Frank if she can smoke, but also brandishing her cigarettes before he has a chance to answer. Her view of literature is also very puerile, considering pulp-fiction such as 'Ruby Fruit Jungle' to be literature.
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Willy Russell communicates ideas throughout the play. The concepts of change and development are explored through the characters of frank and Rita. Russell exploits the dynamic of their relationship and how it facilitates opportunity in both of their lives. "What do you want to know?" "Everything." Rita demonstrates her eagerness for learning and education. Frank is surprised when she says she wants to know everything. This shows frank realising she is serious about the course. This scene also shows the differences Rita and Frank have at the beginning of the play in act 1 scene 1.
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As this was the first question Frank asked Rita I assumed she would have been more polite to make a good first day impression; but we learn further on in the play that because Rita was herself, the bubbly loud personality, Frank was motivated to teach her and he wanted her to do well. Also a second point about Rita's speech is that on the first day of her tutorial, she swears! Using words like "tits", "fuckin", and "fucked", as a reader I would have expected Frank to say no for tutoring her.
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How does Rita Change from Act 1 to Act 2 and what techniques does Willy Russell use to help illustrate these changes?
From the moment she enters it is clear that she is uncomfortable and very inquisitive, always asking questions, 'What am?' 'What?' 'I'm a what?' 'That's a nice picture isn't it?' and quite a lot more. This shows that she is uncomfortable and that she is perhaps trying to avoid giving Frank a chance to start teaching her properly, as if although she wants to be there she is unsure if it is the right thing to do and wants to postpone it.
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Rita decides to go to a once a week tutorial at an open university in English literterture she tries to enter the office of her tutor but the door is stuck and is very hard to open this symbolises how hard it is to get into university for a working class woman like Rita, but Rita keeps trying symbolising her determination to learn. When Rita enters the office she meets Frank is an alcoholic that hates his job and students "You're a crazy mad piss artist that wants to thorough his students through the window" This says that Frank is an alcoholic and does not like his job.
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Explore the series of events in the play "Educating Rita" through which the wider Willy Russel presents the changing character of Rita. Do you think she changes for the better?
In one part of the play she describes how someone has told her she is "off me cake". Frank asks her what this term means, and this shows the difference between them in the way they talk. Sometimes Frank says things that Rita doesn't understand also. Frank is quieter, although he is not shy, whereas Rita is very confident in asking questions. Later in the play we learn more about Rita's personal life and what she hopes to achieve. She talks about how she wishes to change because she thinks the people in her old life are boring and have nothing to them.
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By the end of the play, it is also evident that Rita understands and embraces her new-found ability to make choices. We can see this in the final scene of the play, with 'I had a choice' and 'I'll choose'. Although any intentions Rita's character might have had regarding her ability to make decisions were not voiced, we can infer that this aspect of the character's new personality plays a major role in her transformation into who she wanted to be.
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She believes she can do this by venturing into the world of literature and getting an education, with the help of her tutor Frank. In the 1970s, around the time when Russell was writing the play women were seen to have a traditional role of settling down at a young age and having children with their husbands, however in this play Rita wants to drown out her background and flee from the expected. She first wishes to go on her journey of self-discovery.
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is because from what I have read, most working class girls had the mentality that revealing more of themselves, would make themselves look more attractive to men. The actress needs to talk in a northern accent as this play is obviously based in a northern city. She would also need to swear, very calmly as it is in her nature to swear, in most of her speech and act as its normal wording for someone of her type. She would also need to use a lot of slang language and abbreviate a lot of her wording.
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When you are first introduced to the character of Rita, you are immediately drawn to her and her sense of humour. She appears as a very bubbly and open character showed simply by the way she breezes through the door. She makes a dramatic entrance nearly always when entering Franks Study, which shows us how she must feel insecure around people and is not entirely sure how to act. The audience find this appealing because they are not expecting Rita to act in this manner.
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What does a comparison between Act One, Scene One and Act Two, Scenes Two and Three reveal about the development of the Characters of Rita and Frank and their relationship in Willy Russell's play, 'Educating Rita?'
Y'know when I'm nervous. This leads us to believe that, while she tries not to show it, Rita is worried, possibly even scared of going to see Frank. However, Frank is not free from worries either. He seems to find Rita's attitude very disturbing and it upsets his normal way of dealing with students. He finds that his references to people who he knows through his education fail to achieve their desired effect as Rita has no understanding of who they are or what they are trying to say.
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She talks a lot, about anything that comes into her head. She says this is because she is nervous, and so, in her own words, "burbles on." She is not shy about speaking her mind, showing her extroverted character. Rita's Christian name is Susan. She's "not a Susan anymore" as she has renamed herself Rita after Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle. This shows that she may not want to be who she is anymore, instead wanting to be like the author. Rita will have named herself after the author as she will have been educated, the lifestyle she desires.
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He then pours a large slug into a mug. He only works so he can buy more drink. Rita - A young 26 year old, working-class hairdresser, who is loud, inquisitive and uses lots of slang - "I'm comin' in, aren't I? It's that stupid bleedin' handle on the door. You wanna get it fixed!" This is the first time Rita speaks and she doesn't appear to be very formal. Rita lives with her husband Denny but when he finds out that Rita is still on the pill he rips up all her papers and books and burns them and tells Rita that she either gives up her education or she will be forced out of her home and marriage.
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When Rita speaks to Frank about her youth and school life, she is constantly displaying to us her need to please the people around her: Doing as was expected, choosing the ' Real qualities ' in life. Through out the play and verified in this particular scene, is the gradual relationship break down between Rita and her husband Denny: Rita is not given the support she deserves and needs form her husband. He is completely against her decision to ' find ' herself.
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