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GCSE: Educating Rita
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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 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.
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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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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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Frank represents the way to get into an upper class, to become an educated woman. Both of them have much more in common than it seems at first sight. They both feel dissatisfied with their lives. They both feel the fatal attraction of opposites. Although the end is open and we can speculate about their future, it is certain that both of them have learnt something during the story, both of them have been "educated". ACT 1 - SCENE 1: Frank at University, in a room, with two desks, a window and a paint of a nude religious scene hanging from one wall.
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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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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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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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As the lights come up in Act I Scene I we see that Frank is alone on the stage giving the audience the impression that Frank is a main character, which he is. As well as this Russell has created this to go this way as it shows Frank's presence on the stage - which links back to controlling. Whilst standing on the stage Frank is "holding an empty mug", this is a representation of his life - which is also empty.
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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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I know that he finds his partner Julia tedious and almost a hindrance, as he does not show any respect for her and is very negative towards her in general. As in Act 1 Scene 1, he states, in a conversation over the phone with her: 'Oh, for God's sake, what is it?' 'You could incinerate ratatouille and it still wouldn't burn.' 'Yes that's it just pop off and put your head in the oven.' These quotations show Frank is perhaps tired and under a lot off stress as he is hurling insults at Julia left, right and centre in this conversation.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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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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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