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  1. Examine the portrayal of cultural poverty in 'Saved' and 'The Wasp Factory'; how is it shown to effect the characters?

    Perhaps Bond is suggesting that his characters have been formed by the environment and uses the setting to illustrate this whereas Banks makes it clear that ugly actions are not dependant on ugly surroundings. 'The Wasp Factory' is written in the first person narrative therefore the reader sees things from Frank's viewpoint. The whole book is based on Frank's thoughts and actions so the reader's perceptions are based on those of Frank. When Frank says that he has killed people he says it casually; the reader isn't as shocked as they should be.

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  2. In the opening scene of the play what are your initial impressions of Frank and Rita.

    We meet Rita soon after Frank's conversation with his girlfriend has ended. We are told that she knocks at the door, and struggles to get into frank's study. This struggle to get into the study can be interpreted as the symbolic struggle of Rita's entry into education. From the moment Rita enters into Frank's room, we can see the marked difference between the two characters. Whilst Frank has this drinking problem, he is still clearly a man of intelligence and sophistication.

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  3. How does Willy Russell create dramatic tension and humour in the opening of Educating Rita?

    This shows that his restlessness and discomfort with his position in life. He is fed up and tired of his job and would be grateful for something out of the ordinary to occur. Frank is a university teacher that has a drink problem. In the opening scene he speaks obnoxiously indicating he feels his job is monotonous. He says, "Oh God, why did I take this on." He is quiet in comparison to Rita and says very little. He is somewhat irresponsible and is aware of his drink problem. He says, "I don't need determination to get into a pub."

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  4. What are your feelings towards Frank and Rita at the end of the play, and what have they lost and gained

    Whilst she used to be almost 'putty' in Frank's hands and looked up to him, and respected him as a great man, she has 'grown up' and no longer needs Frank's care, and sees him in a less grandiose light. We see Frank almost breaking down, because of the loss of Rita.

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  5. Educating Rita

    See I wanna discover meself first." (Rita Act 1: Scene 1) Rita doesn't feel that the destined and expected path in life that has been allocated to her is the correct one; she feels that there is something better along with other people from her standing in society. An example is when her mother claims that they could "sing better songs than those", she isn't only talking about the songs though, she is referring to life, "we could do something better than this". But they haven't, they lack the determination which has allowed Rita to veer away from peer pressure and the expectations placed upon her.

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  6. Educating Rita

    This is a thing that effects not just her but the people she knows like her husband because her husband wants to have a baby and she does not want to have one because of her knew attiude. When she first at arrives at the open university franks attiude to rita is at first like all is other pupils. His attiude is he could not really give a toss. Frank then starts to realise that rita is there for work and has a true heart for work and he knows that she desverse a better teacher than himself.

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  7. Examine how Willie Russell creates two distinct cultures thought the Characters Frank and Rita and how this affects the audiences Interpretations of the play.

    In the play knowledge is shown as a symbol of power. Frank has the superior knowledge over Rita so therefore he also has more power over Rita. But when Rita returns from summer school and is more knowledgeable than Frank because Frank wanted to be more like Rita, so Rita has more power over Frank as she now has the superior knowledge. I think that the swivel chair determines who is most in control over the other person in terms of power and knowledge. At the start of the play Frank is sat in the swivel chair, but once Rita is further educated she sits in the swivel chair.

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  8. Speaking of Kenya's troubles in Chapter 11 of "Weep not child". Njoroge says confidently "Sunshine always follows a dark night. We sleep knowing and trusting that the sun will rise tomorrow".

    Njoroge was offered to go to school by his mother. It is a real privilege for him, because he is the first one out of his family, who is able to go to school. He knew that by going to school, he could provide a better future for himself and his family. As we read on we see that education starts to decay, and as we reach the end of this novel, Njoroge has been forced out of school, and is forced o work at an Indian Shop, which it was really bad for him, because when he was younger he said he would never work for an Indian Shop.

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  9. How does the playwright show the changes in Rita's character during the play?

    [Frank] "Read it, by all means read it. But don't go mention it in the exam." [Rita] "Aha. You mean, it's all right to go an' have a bit of slap an' tickle with the lads as long as you don't go home an' tell your mum?" Though having a limited vocabulary, she can occasionally use more sophisticated language. "Is it supposed to be erotic? I mean when he panted it do y' think he wanted to turn people on?"

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  10. The importance of being an individual in Educating Rita and Pygmalion

    Rita is in a better state, although she is insecure, she is very na�ve, so she decides to join Open University. She is motivated by curiosity, and the questions she was asking herself, like 'is this all there is in life?' In 1971 there where about a million unemployed people in Liverpool, Rita was luckily not one of them, but she certainly did not want to become a percentage. She was not happy as a hairdresser, she wanted more. Compared with Eliza she was quite happy, although they where both in a situation where any chance to break free from there circle would be snapped up.

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  11. Educating Rita Coursework

    He isn't just Rita's tutor but he is also a literature lecturer. Unfortunately Frank suffers from a drinking problem. He has suffered from one failed marriage and presents his relationship with his partner (Julia) as not an easy one. Frank does appear to have a comfortable middle-classed lifestyle and has had minor success as a poet. Body Text of this Coursework The first scene that I am going to analyse is Act 1 scene 7. In this scene Rita should look like she wants to open herself up and let Frank see her real background.

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  12. How would i direct the first scene?

    This shows us that Frank perhaps has a drinking problem and is trying to hide it. There is then a telephone call between Frank and his girlfriend. I would want Frank to act rather frustrated when he is on the phone as he obviously doesn't want to be speaking to her. I would especially want him to act frustrated in the line, 'What do you mean am I determined to go to pub? I don't need determination to get me into a pub' Rita's entrance into the room is an important moment as it is when we meet one of the two main characters.

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  13. Explain how Willy Russell has made the opening scene dramatic and entertaining. In what way is the scene a good introduction to the play's main characters and themes?

    These are a few of the many stage directions that make the play entertaining. Frank uses a lot of irony through out the scene. An example of this is "Flora? Flowers?" Another example is: Rita: I wouldn't go an live in Formby. I hate that hole, don't you? Frank: Yes Rita: Where do you live? Frank: Formby These are a few examples of Frank's irony through out the play. This makes the play entertaining for the audience. The language used in the first scene is very funny because they don't always pick up on each other's cultural references, but also sometimes it is as if they are speaking different languages.

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  14. How Does Willy Russell present the changes in Rita's character during the play? The play Educating Rita

    "I'm coming in aren't I? It's that stupid bleedin' handle on the door. You wanna get that fixed!" She is completely unaware of the fact that she is using inappropriate language. She continues to talk in this manner to test Frank and to see if he reacts negatively. Rita has preconceived ideas about educated people and swearing. "it doesn't cause any sort of fuss with educated people, does it? Cos they know it's only words and they don't worry. But these stuck-up idiots I meet they think they're royalty just cos they don't swear; an' I wouldn't mind but it's the aristocracy that swears more than anyone, isn't it?"

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  15. "Educating Rita " begins with Frank searching frantically in his bookcase, muttering the names of famous authors under his breath as he searches for what we think tobe a book. However, to our surprise, Frank pulls out a bottle of Whiskyand...

    from her social class, she thinks she should have had a baby by her age, she wants to discover herself first but no one understands so she thinks she is different, in the play she says "I should have had a baby by know every one expects it". 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 some of Frank.

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  16. Billy Liar - The characters in the play display very negative attitudes towards Billy. He upsets his family, his friends, his girlfriends, andhis employers. Explain how Billy is presented in the play, and writeabout your reactions to the character.

    Geoffrey shouts at Billy and complains at everything he says and does. Billy responds to this with cheek and sarcasm which further irritates Geoffrey and so therefore continues abusing Billy. He never has anything helpful, or encouraging to say to Billy throughout the whole play, it's all criticisms and moans. This is not the way to help Billy, but Geoffrey hasn't seemed to realise this yet. From Geoffrey's and Florence's point of view, Billy is lazy, disrespectful, good for nothing slob who is a disgrace to their family. Alice isn't as firm with Billy and often takes his side when Geoffrey is shouting at him.

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  17. Read act 1, scene 1 and explain whether you think it is an effective way to start the play. Comment on - How Russell introduces the characters and themes. How he makes the scene dramatic and entertaining.

    Willy Russell also introduced Frank, his second main character. Frank is a teacher at a University and also a lecturer. In the first scene Willy Russell introduced to the audience that frank is not open and never gets something done when he wants it to be done on most occasions and it shows that he can be lazy. It shows clearly when Rita struggles to come into Frank's room because the door handle is stuck and she cannot get in, but then pushes harder and she finally gets in.

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  18. Devices of Rhetoric - Tony Blair - Annual Report Statement

    "Inflation is at 2.2 %" 'Us and them' is another technique Tony Blair uses often, examples such as "we" and "we're" are used frequently. Using these makes the listeners feel the speaker, in this case Tony Blair, is speaking on their behalf. The next noticeable device that Blair uses is of Imperative sentences. "...now we must make the next choice: to invest in the..."

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  19. Personal development as a Social, Emotional and Intellectual issue

    The issue of having a baby appears frequently throughout the book, like in the very first scene where Rita says, "I'm sure me husband thinks I'm sterile. See, I don't want a baby yet. I wanna discover myself first." Socially, there is an awful lot of contrast between Frank and Rita, from the authors they like to their evening pastimes. There is a scene in the film, which is talked about in the play, where Frank invites Rita (and Denny) to a dinner party hosted by his partner - Julia. Denny refuses to go; however Rita is keen to attend.

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  20. At the end of Act one what has Rita learned about herself, her education and her relationships with others?

    I got home from work, he'd packed me case." Education has possessed Rita to the extent that she is unwilling even to discuss the mater or comprise in anyway, "in the circumstances I need to go on..." she is unwilling to discuss her current state with Frank, she is determined and does not take offence at a direct approach. This demonstrates how steadfast she is in her decision. The audience gets the impression that while Rita is in this limbo she views society differently, and understands the mechanics of the world.

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  21. Rita is a young woman who is looking to extened her education. She has a husband who is looking to start a family but Rita feels she has a gap in her life and is hoping a better education and understanding shall help her move on.

    Her language is limited and we can see this from when Frank asks's Rita "Do you swear?" and Rita replies, "Never stop". Rita once again takes control of the situation after Frank telling her he does not want to teach her saying "you're gonna bleedin' well teach me". We can also see that she wants to be educated so that see can get a proper job when she criticizes her customers saying "they all expect too much. They walk in the hairdressers an' hour later they wanna walk out a different person".

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  22. What issues do we find in Educating Rita?

    Makes it a lot harder for Frank to teach her and make her understand what he is talking about. Rita watches a lot of television as do many others of class do, so when Frank mentions something Rita recognizes from the Television she presumes this is what he is talking about. ' Far-rah Fawcett Majors. Y' know, she used to be with....It's a TV program.' One of the big issues in the book is Rita's culture. Rita is part of the 'Working Class' So she goes to the Pub regularly, watches TV etc. ' I just see everyone pissed or on the valium tryin' to get from 1 day to the next.'

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  23. Educating Rita.

    It is an unsatisfactory job that does not for fill her dream of being a middle class woman. She has the potential to go for what it is that she wants and luckily she knows you to motivate her self to do so. Neither frank nor Rita is really interested in there jobs. They both just do it for the money. This is when we learn that they do have something and common they share the same out looks of there jobs. At the beginning of the play we hear frank talking-to his girlfriend Julia on the phone.

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  24. 'How Effective is the Opening Scene in Introducing the Characters of Frank and Rita to the audience?

    Not only does the text indicate that he 'pours himself a large slug' but also, that he does so in a sly way. His whisky bottle is cunningly hidden behind the Dickens books on his bookshelf. This demonstrates that he feels the need to hide the evidence. Already, in these simple, very few lines of stage direction, the scene has been highly effective in giving us a small insight into the character of Frank. As we read on, Frank's humour and sharp cynicism becomes apparent and gradually begins to shape our view of his character.

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