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Rita meets new people at summer school and finds a new flatmate, Trish who she now looks up to. The relationship between Frank and Rita drifts away as near the end of the play it is Frank who yearns for Rita. In the opening of the play, Rita crashes into Dr Frank Bryant's life and her aggressive seriousness earns great respect of her lecturer who had previously resigned himself to a life of empty lectures and booze. Rita's character is a "breath of fresh air that's been in the room for years" for Frank and he begins to care about someone or something for the first time in his life since his break up of marriage.
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In Educating Rita Willy Russell writes that education dives you a choice what changes are there in Rita as a result of her choosing education through the play?
hairdresser and she got a new job which is a bistro and that was one of her choice and gradually Rita changes because she thought that when she is now a properly educated woman in Act 2 she thinks that hairdressing is not an appropriate with the more intelligent world there for she choose to be a bistro.In Act 2 when Rita returned from summer school Frank offered her some cigarettes Rita then refused. "No, ta, I've packed it in!"
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Here he shows that he is in fact unhappy and wonders why he is taking on the course. It shows that he is in a "rut", forced to do something he does not want just to be able to drink. Frank, because of his life, drinks heavily. It is his escape from all his problems. It also shows Frank's lack of confidence in his own abilities; he needs the drink to reassure himself that he can do it. As soon as we are introduced to Rita the atmosphere changes. She comes in and straight away starts to take control (because of her character, she is naturally a leader).
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Explore the series of events in the play 'Educating Rita' through which that writer, Willy Russel, presents the changing character of Rita. Do you think that changes are for the better?
Rita was very open to Frank, a person she had only just met, she was asking him loads of questions, Rita: 'Y' don't mind me swearin' do y'?' Frank: 'not at all.' Rita: 'Do you swear?' it is like almost every other line she is firing another question at him. It made her look very confident, she wasn't scared to ask Frank anything personal questions almost straight away. Also there was another part to her confidence; she took the chance to better herself and breakaway from the stereotype she had found herself in, even though her family and husband didn't agree.
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How does Willy Russell use linguistic and dramatic devices to show how Frank and Rita change during the play? What effect do these changes have on an audience? Focus on the opening and closing scenes of the play.
Unsure of how to enter the world of writing, he became a hairdresser. Subsequently he spent more time writing than hairdressing, and returned to full time education. Unfortunately most schools deemed too old to return to education, but he managed to secure a place at Childwell Hall County College. He worked hard, and emerged with a package of qualifications which enabled him to pursue career paths that would have been unattainable a few years before. Ironically he became a teacher, teaching unruly students much like those he had grown up with. Finding himself unable to teach above the noise they made, he went in one week and began telling a story to the students at the front.
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So he had to find a college that would let him take a full-time course, he found a college but there was no authority prepared to give him a maintenances grant or even pay his fees so he packed his job in at the hairdressers and worked at Fords for a while until he had enough money to go to college, after college he eventually ended up becoming a student teacher for a while. One of the most appealing features in the play 'Educating Rita' to readers and audiences alike is that it is very amusing play to watch and read.
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How does Willy Russell present the changing relationship between Rita and Frank in Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 2 Scenes 4 and 5 of Educating Rita?
Frank's attitude towards Rita in the first scene of the play is confused and slightly embarrassed. She obviously is not the sort of student he had expected, but even at the start she makes him look at things fresh, such as saying "Erm - yes, I suppose I always meant to ..." about the door handle. She sees a painting of nudes on the wall, and describes it as erotic, talking about how the artist must have felt. Frank has seen the painting every day but he has not thought about it like that. There is a difference about how they talk about the picture, with Rita saying "erotic", "turn people on" and "Look at those
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stealing we see the character almost engage in a conversation with perhaps a therapist or police officer, possible after having being caught stealing. He starts with the repeating a question "The most unusual thing I ever stole?" and ends with one "You don't understand a word I'm saying do you?" We learn throughout the poem that the character lives a very lonely and solitary life; he steals things just for the thrill. Throughout stealing we see the character show both boredom and frustration.
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She has just met him but Rita grows to admire Frank very quickly, and refuses to change tutors. This shows that Rita looks up to Frank in the early scenes, and appreciates him for who he is. Rita also says, "if I'd got some other tutor I wouldn't have stayed," (Act 1 scene1) Rita's admiration for Frank is highlighted here. Frank's higher status position soon changes and Rita takes 'control' towards the middle of the play. This is shown in Act 2 scene 3, when Rita is already in the study as Frank enters. This shows Rita's authority and her control of the relationship.
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How does the character Rita develop and change during this play? How does an audience respond to Rita?
but not actually doing it. She immediately gains the audiences interest because of what she does and says. Rita is observant because she refers to the nude painting on the wall, which Frank says he hasn't looked at for ''about ten years''. Rita is blunt and speaks her mind. She refers to the nude painting on the wall as being, ''very erotic ... look at those tits''. Rita talks a lot at the beginning. She says ''I know I talk a lot''.
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She doesn't have the knowledge or understanding of something like that to see anything other than its front. Language Rita's language at the beginning of the play is colloquial and the text shows that she has a working class accent. Throughout the play, as she integrates herself more and more into the society she aspires to, her language improves to a great extent. In Act 2 Scene 2, she tries to change her accent and 'talk properly' although she soon reverts to her normal tones. Frank is an educated man, albeit a troubled one, which is perhaps the reason for his pessimistic outlook on life.
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What is the most valuable piece of information a teacher can have about a SEN pupil in order to meet the pupil's learning needs?
These levels are derived from the formative test taken in year 6. * MidYIS confidence bands The MidYIS confidence bands suggest that Frank is below the national average in terms of mathematical ability and verbal skills. * MidYIS chances graphs The MidYIS chances graphs predict that Frank has a 17% chance of getting a level 3 in his year 9 SAT's, a 46% chance of getting a level 4, a 28% percent chance of getting a level 5, a 9% chance of getting a level 6 and a 0% chance of getting a level 7.
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The OU also organised summer school trips and set students assignments. There were also chances to learn through distance learning e.g. BBC 2 programmes, TV and radio. The Open University was a huge breath of fresh air for the whole education system as it meant that nobody could be discriminated against and everyone had the opportunity to learn and gain knowledge. The OU followed a post-war philosophy that all citizens have a right of access to Higher Education. It also narrowed the borders that were up separating the middle from the working class, as now everyone was on the same level and were interacting with each other.
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Rita leaves her home and family behind and moves to a different place. How does her life style change? (P2)
The way Rita's life has changed is that she is more confident and she knows what she wants. Rita appreciates the environment out side her experience and starts to go to the theatre. Her marriage breaks down because Denny her husband is not supporting her. Denny is jealous that she is changing. Socially Rita gets to know other students and starts to get involved in their conversations and she build in confident and her language starts to improve and she think before she speaks and makes sense in what she is saying.
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Educating Rita is a humorous play giving out a very strong message, which is telling the reader to never give up in life and k
Other characters are only mentioned in the play, but in the film have been cast as parts. It worked well for the film, but I think it lost the closeness which plays such an important part in the theatre. Some people would find this to be tedious, but I think it adds to the intensity and intimacy between the audience and the characters. Frank is a very important to Rita's transformation. The relation ship between frank and Rita at the beginning of the play is not strong, Frank doesn't really want to tutor Rita because he knows she is an uneducated woman and it will be a challenge for him to educate her.
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During Russell's life, he wrote a number of plays, such as, 'Our Day Out' and 'When the Reds.' Most of his plays involve characters that have had a deprived upbringing or are set in working class surroundings. He enjoyed writing about his own experiences as a child and a couple of his plays incorporate metamorphosis as a main theme. 'Educating Rita' is a good example of this. He tried to show people who watched his plays that they can be whoever they want to be and if they put their minds to it, they will succeed. The play 'Educating Rita' is about a twenty six year old woman 'Susan White' (preferred to be known as Rita,)
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Discuss 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
In the centre of the room there is a larger desk covered with books and papers. The walls are also lined with books. On one wall hangs a nude religious scene. The way in which the scene is set gives the reader a first impression that Frank is a disorganised person. Yet when we see all the books we assume that he is an intelligent person too. When the scene opens we see Frank searching for something. At first we think he is looking for a book because he is recalling the names of some authors.
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Just from reading the stage directions at the beginning of the play you get a general idea about Frank. They tell us that Frank is a lecturer of some sort at a university, in the north of England. He is in his early fifties and likes to have a drink. When Frank is talking to his partner Julia on the phone we start to develop our impressions of him. We start to think he is selfish and only cares about his drink. For example "I probably shall go to the pub afterwards" "look if you're trying to induce some feeling of guilt in me over the prospect of a burnt dinner".
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Rita became a student while Willy Russell lived his dream of being a writer. In act 1 Rita is introduced. She is shown to be loud and outwardly confident. An example is her use of inappropriate, crude language. When she sees a piece of artwork hanging on Frank's office wall she says "look at those tits". This quote expresses her attitude and gives you the impression she is loud and always speaks her mind. Her approach to Frank's sophisticated reality is crude and shocking. "That's 'S' for Susan. Its not me real name. I've changed it to Rita though" This is the funny side of Rita.
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The un-oiled door shows a barrier between them and a barrier between Rita and what her ambitions. The audience is made aware of how difficult the journey to change will be for her and one way is through her language. 'There's no suppose about it. Look at those tits.' Her inappropriate, colloquial language and his Standard English create a barrier between them. Russell sets up mismatch between the characters to show how different they are but at the same time it creates comedy. 'You are?' 'What am I?' 'Now you are?' 'I'm a what?' She changes her name to Rita after Rita Mae Brown, a pulp-fiction author showing how unhappy she is with the person she is.
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In the beginning she struggles greatly with her language skills, only managing to develop the necessary skills after her success at the summer school, to succeed in the second act. As the first act experiences the breakdown of Rita's marriage with Denny; the second half of the play shows evidence of a strong rift between Frank and his partner Julia. The first point at which the audience comes face to face with the characters is Act 1 Scene 1. This scene is important because it introduces the characters to the readers and gives a good idea of the plot to follow.
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Although many other people are important to the play, Rita and Frank are the central characters. Rita is a 26-year-old woman who has decided to take a course in English Literature at the Open University. Frank, who is in his early fifties, is Rita's tutor at the University. From the first opening scene we immediately see that Frank has a drinking problem, as he hides bottles of alcohol behind books in his study. Frank is in his study on the phone to his girlfriend to whom we can see he does not like much "...yes just pop off and put your head in the oven..."
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Write a letter to an actress playing the role of Rita in a Production of Educating Rita at the West End. In this letter comment on how the character changes between Acts one and two.
this Rita leaves the room and dramatically re-enters and says "You are my teacher - an' you're gonna bleedin' well teach me." Thinking from a directors point of view this is one of the most important scenes in the play because this is where the audience attain their first incite into Rita's character, so it is fundamental that when you recite this line you speak with a forceful tone. Rita is a working class woman who has little self confidence in herself due to her lack of education.
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two main characters, as the depth and intensity of the relationship is much more highlighted than it would be if there were more than two characters in the play. This shows the importance of the two characters. For example, in Act One, scene five when Frank says "We really should talk about you and Denny, my dear", this shows Frank and Rita's relationship takes a bigger step because they both discuss each other's personal problems, for the first time Frank isn't just Rita's teacher but he's her confidant and really wants to talk about Rita's personal life.
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Compare the opening scene of Educating Rita to the opening scene of Pygmalion. Discuss the similarities and differences between Shaw's characterisation of Eliza and Higgins, and Willy Russell's characterisation of Frank and Rita
He realises that Rita wants to be more like him, but he doesn't like what he is. He sees something in her that perhaps he wishes he was, or had. He realises that it isn't that great being an upper-middle class intellectual, and he doesn't believe that it is worth the effort that Rita has to go through to be one. This is apparent later on in the play, in Act II Scene iv: RITA I've got a room full of books. I know what clothes to wear, what wine to buy, what play to see, what papers and books to read.
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