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  1. How Important Is Act 2, Scene 2 To Rita's Development In Willy Russell's Educating Rita?

    Rita wants to be more like Frank, educated, middle class, has choice. But Frank is also bored and trapped, he goes to the pub a lot to cover up for his unhappiness, Rita also wants to change Frank not in a bad way but trying to help him later on when she realizes that the beer is doing him no good. Rita is trapped in her social class, she wanted to succeed in school and be happy but her friends and family say that school isn't cool and so she doesn't learn, this happens all the way through her life,

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  2. Life is a struggle, sometimes you have to lose something in order to get something, but it's always your choice to consider what you want or need the most.

    According to Jimmy Santiago Baca in, "Working in The Dark," "Only by action, by moving out into the world and confronting and challenging the obstacles, could one learn anything worth knowing." Usually we have to go out in the world in order to get education and even face lots of problems, but don't you think sometimes it becomes dilemma for us that we have to chose education over our family or family over education, because there are so few people who get education by not going to school.

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  3. The Three Girls in Billy Fishers life.

    We are also shown that Barbara is afraid of physical contact, especially from Billy. She is very old fashioned with her morals about sex and marriage. She thinks it very indecent of Billy to be anywhere near her. This is shown when Billy says to Barbara; "I love you darling", and the stage directions (taking her in his arms) and Barbara's answer "I love you", and the stage directions (moving away). This stage direction is very precise and helps to get a clearer picture of what is happening in the scene and also adds to the impression that we get of Barbara's character.

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  4. Describe and explain representation of women in film. How are they constructed to create messages and ideas about women's images and lives? What varieties of cultural diversity can you find?

    They were made to look pretty and clean. Looking pretty is exactly what this woman is doing. She may be classed as a sex object by the way she is revealing the flesh of her arms and legs and her hair is very long. The 'creature' has picked her up and she looks as if she has fainted at some point. Her arms & legs sway and her head drops back to make her hair look longer than its actual length. The 'creature' is holding her as if she is a helpless baby. He has positioned one arm under her upper thigh and one arm under her neck.

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  5. In the play 'Educating Rita', how does Willy Russell deal with the effects of education?

    In Frank's case, education and literature seems to have done the exact opposite. At present Frank is stuck in a void, which he tries to ignore with the aid of alcohol. Frank's interpretation of his own work can be related to how he views the academic world that he is stuck in. He sees his work as a 'pyrotechnical pile of shit' and like his view of the academic world, it is 'pretentious' and 'characterless'. Earlier in the play he describes his efforts as not trying to create poetry but as creating literature, but 'Poets shouldn't believe in literature.'

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  6. How does Rita's character change and her relationship with Frank alter during the course of the play? Willy Russell's 'Educating Rita'.

    At certain points in the play, when she comes back from summer camp for example, we haven't seen her progress for several weeks and the contrast in her character is very apparent. Frank is the other character that we meet in the play. He is a university lecturer, and is excessively bored with his job, although he has achieved minor success as a poet. He only took on the extra Open University work to subsidise his drink problem. He has had one failed marriage and his present relationship with Julia, is not a pleasant or easy one.

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  7. Educating Rita was published in 1982, written by Willy Russel.

    This immediately hocks the audience because we are curious to discover why this educated man is so unhappy. 'There's a knock at the door...' Frank says his goodbyes to Julia after explaining to her why he won't be home for dinner tonight. 'I shall have to wash away the memory of some silly woman's attempt to get into the mind of Henry James or whoever it is we're supposed to study on this course... oh God, why did I take this on?!?...'

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  8. Do you think it is right to call Educating Rita a serious comedy?

    She would have seen this many times before, so she presumed the title was the same as the filmmaker. "Rita - 'This Forster, honest to God he doesn't half get on my tits.' Frank - 'You must show me the evidence'" These quotations here are funny, but yet again have a serious side to them. Frank has started to cut down his excessive drinking habits, so this has made him dirtier. "Rita - 'What's your name' Frank - 'Frank.' Rita - 'oh. Not after Frank Harris? Frank - 'not after Frank anyone.' Rita - 'Maybe y' parents named y' after the quality. Y' know Frank Ness, Elliot's brother. Frank - 'What?' Rita - 'I'm sorry it was a joke.

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  9. Examine how effectively Russell portrays the change in Rita.

    " 'Y' can tell he's a flora man." But as she proves this doesn't always reflect on intelligence although society seems to label people from less fortunate backgrounds, this is prejudice she must overcome. Rita is relatively shy in the beginning showing little academic confidence and concentration. She continually tries to delve into Frank's personal life as a distraction; this is what sparks the less serious part of the relationship. Frank admires Rita almost to the point of jealousy, he see her as someone who is able to be free.

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  10. How does Russell reveal to the audience the change in Rita's character? 'Educating Rita' by Willy Russell.

    "The door swings open revealing Rita." Rita: "I'm comin' in aren't I? It's that stupid bleedin' handle on the door. You wanna get it fixed!" (Act 1, Scene 1) In Act 1 Scene 2, "Rita is standing in the doorway holding a small can of oil." She is now breaking the barrier, which is the door, as she has enrolled into the course, which is symbolic to her struggle to enter the middle class world. As the play continues her entrances become less abrupt and she quietens down showing her changing, "Rita enters and shuts the door."

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  11. The question I am asked is whether or not I agree with this statement. The essay I am writing is about contemporary playwright Willy Russell's critically acclaimed and much admired play, Educating Rita.

    Frank is selected as Susan, who had frivolously changed her name to Rita after an author of "trash novels." When Rita attends her first session with Frank, she is fumbling and nervous, but also had a clearly vivacious and out going character, her first line was "You wanna fix that bleedin door!" These are clearly not the sentiments of a shy person, but Rita feels intimidated by the educated classes, and feels, perhaps, inferior, although she does her best to disguise it.

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  12. Billy Liar - In this play how is Billy presented?

    His father does not appear to be very supportive of Billy and often shouts at him and criticises him quite harshly, and sometimes unjustly. I think that this is because he has had to work very hard to make his own living and to give Billy the best chance in life that he could, and Billy has wasted the opportunity that his father would have loved. Geoffrey also disagrees with Billy staying out until late at night and avoiding work.

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  13. How Does 'Educating Rita' By 'Willy Russell' Relate To The Social, Historical And Cultural Context Of Britain In The Late 1970's? Does This Make Good Drama?

    I think that because so much reference is realistic due to the above, an audience of 1979 or 1980 when they play was shown would have been able to relate so well to the characters, especially people in there twenties or forties now because they would be able to remember what it was like for them when they went to school or university and they would be filled with past memories and emotions, a sign of good drama, something that can evoke emotions.

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  14. Educating Rita

    By contrast Frank is disillusioned with his life as an academic and the audience quickly gathers the impression that Frank would escape from his world if only he could. The play opens with some light humour as it appears that Frank is looking for a book, the audience automatically assumes that frank is searching for a book because of the appearance of the setting and Frank. So the humour is created when he finds what he is looking for and pulls out a bottle of whiskey.

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  15. In this essay I am going to show my ideas for staging a production of 'Educating Rita', a play written by Willy Russell in 1979.

    She demands to be taught like Rita, when she says: "I won't be called a baggage when I've offered to pay like any lady" However, although there are many things in common, Rita takes less nonsense which reflects in her speech and she doesn't feel sorry for herself but rather stands up to Frank. Eliza, on the other hand, does pity herself and is quite pathetic in some ways but won't stand up to Higgins: "Ah-ah-ah-ow-ow-ow-oo!" In the same way, Professor Higgins is the equal of a 1914 Frank; they are both the educators; they both love the English language-Higgins says it is "the language of Shakespear, Milton and The Bible".

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  16. Educating Rita - How does Willy Russell present the changes in Rita's character during the play?

    She thinks that Frank has 'choice' in what he does and her boyfriend, Denny, says that choice means 5 different types of beer. Which shows us how narrow minded he is. At the start of the play, Rita hasn't really got a clue about anything. At the start of her course, she tends to "take the piss" quite a lot; she actually says, "I'm dead serious. Look, I know I take the piss an' that but I'm dead serious. I take the piss because I'm not y'know, confident like, but I wanna be, honest."

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  17. Educating Rita by Willy Russell

    She meant being a proper student. When Rita returns from summer school you could say that, that this was the turning point in the play. Rita starts to develop her self-confidence. Rita buys second hand clothes but there new to her and her new life style. So she hasn't only changed the way she thinks but now she has also changed her appearance. At this point I think Rita is started to enjoy her life and her life that the university (she's started to fit in there).

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  18. In the opening scene, what are your initial impressions of Frank and Rita? In Educating Rita

    At times, he is also quite quick to snap at his girlfriend. For example, as soon as he answers the phone, he answers it saying. "Yes?.....Of course I'm still here...." Which indicates that he is slightly irritated, which may suggest that life at home with his girlfriend is not the happiest place. Perhaps more importantly though, it seems that Frank is very bored with his job. This may be the reason why Frank is an alcoholic, and why his life at home may be slightly difficult.

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  19. Comparative essay of 'Our Day Out' & 'Educating Rita'

    Susan later known as Rita in 'Educating Rita', worked as a women's hairdresser, as did Russell. He then went to college to get a proper education like Susan who went to an open university. 'Our Day Out' was written in 1977. It's based on Russell's life at Shoreford comprehensive school where he taught from 1973-74. During the time that Russell was a teacher, he took a progress class on a school trip and based most of that trip on 'Our Day Out'. I know that Russell's plays were based on his life because of the language used, slang and regional dialect for Rita (Susan), Denny (her husband)

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  20. Educating Rita - In scenes 2, 3 and 4 How Does The Relationship Change Between Rita and Frank?

    Rita: Nothing is wrong with it, Frank. I have merely decided to talk properly. As Trish says there is not a lot of point in talking beautiful literature in an ugly voice. Frank can't stand the way Rita is changing. At the beginning of the novel he plainly says to her that if she wants to be educated then she has to change. Rita agrees to this and she has done exactly that. The downfall is that Frank hates what Rita is trying to change herself into.

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  21. A letter to Frank from Eveline.

    At the moment, my history is what I live for. I couldn't just pack my bags and leave. I waited, and I waited for a sign. A sign that it was time to leave, but I was given nothing that would persuade me to go. I feel that if I left, I would be leaving things undone. There's a picture that hangs on our wall, it is very old and yellowed in colour, and it is a picture of a priest, who was an old friend that my father went to school with. I have always wondered what his name is, and after all the years of my life, I have still not found out his name.

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  22. Write a considered treatment of Frank's behaviour in Iain Banks' "The Wasp Factory" and conclude whether he is insane or sane but suffering from a condition.

    However this is not necessarily an insane act. Imagination and make-believe is something we encourage in the young as a way of establishing mental processes and distinguishing between reality and figments of our imagination. It can therefore be said that Frank is immature and has yet to materialise into the adult we would expect someone of his age to be. This is a common occurrence in people who are mentally challenged or retarded and it has been suggested this could be due to the inability of their minds to evolve as the average mind does.

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  23. How does Willy Russel depict aspects of the English class?

    with each other, each representative of each class in the play is depicted as having made stereotypes of the other: 'Rita: Can I smoke? Frank: Tobacco? Rita: Yeh. Was that a joke?' And: 'Rita: You wouldn't watch ITV would y'? Its all BBC with you, isn't it? Frank: Well I must confess... Rita: It's all right, I know. Soon as I walked I here I said to meself, 'Y' can tell he's a Flora man. Frank: A what? Rita: A Flora man.

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  24. In scene 5, the relationship between Rita and Denny appears to have deteriorated dramatically but we see this from Rita's prospective. Imagine Denny confiding to a friend his own troubles.

    Denny: I don't understand that woman! What's she need an education for anyway? (Denny while still angrily speaking to Jack goes to the bar and chooses a pint of larger then sits back down) Denny: Just an essay. It wasn't as if it was important or nothin! Jack: What y' talking bout Denny? What essay? Denny: She makes out like I don't give her nothin. We don't ever go down to the pub anymore, don't go anywhere wiv each other!

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  25. Act 2 Scene 8 - Educating Rita

    Rita: Tch. I was going to but in the end, I needed a break from it. It was a bit of a shock to me system starting at a proper university y' know. You never stop working! I have two essays a week to do and my tutor he's proper strict like, if I don't get my essays in on time then he gets into a right strop, can't stand the man to be honest, the smug git. Frank: (Smiling) He's nothing like me then. Rita: No. Frank: Excellent! He sounds like a splendid teacher Ri... Rita: (Interrupting) Don't be daft Frank.

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