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  1. How Does Willy Russell Dramatically Present Rita's Change In Educating Rita?

    p17 act 1 scene 2. The fact that he has based this character on himself can be seen to be one of the reasons for him writing the play, to inform people of the difficulties faced by working class families regarding education. Also, he has, by doing this attempted to show how difficult it is to change from one lifestyle to another and how an "education" can't always change your person. However, there are also other reasons for him writing educating Rita, it can be seen that throughout the play, Willy Russell tries to get his own opinions about modern education across to the audience.

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    She says it is not as simple as changing a dress because you have to work at it. Later Rita changes her name back to Susan. 'I dropped that pretentious crap as soon as I saw it for what it was' She wants an education because she believes that her mind is 'full of junk'. She feels 'out of step' by not having an education. At first she makes superficial changes such as her name so that it is more sophisticated and middle class.

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  3. Educating Rita

    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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  4. Educating Rita by Willy Russell

    She is also being very talkative she says, "I talk too much don't I? I don't at home. I hardly ever talk at home" which shows she is comfortable when talking to frank which is good for her not to be intimidated by him. Another impression Rita has on the audience is her characteristics of high and she enters the room and continues to move around the classroom.

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  5. Educating Rita

    know what, he constantly takes the name famous writers and removes some books from the bookcase this makes the audience think what Frank is looking for; as frank retrieves his hidden whisky bottle from the bookcase the audience become eager to find out what influence the whisky bottle has on Frank's life because he hides the bottle within his bookcase implying he doesn't want people to see it. Also the actions and dialogue of both the characters also give us clues about the characters personality as when Rita walks in she is swearing and shouting this implies she is not

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  6. Montana 1948

    In this instance we see that Wes is more so a child to Julian than a Law Enforcer. With Julian wanting to protect his family name and pride more than he does the law he goes on to threaten Wes, "My God, boy. Stop this now. Stop this before I have to." You can see by this that Wes is now forced to make a decision, whether to listen to his father or to listen to his conscious. Law is a strong focus for Wes and so as hard as it is for Wes to deny his fathers actions he keeps his thoughts on what his conscious would do to him if he let a Murderer and Rapist out into Mercer County.

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  7. Educating Rita

    It's only the masses who don't understand. I do it to shock them sometimes" Rita indomitably endeavours to change class, even though she and her peers and herself are completely diverse, she does not actually seem ready to face the challenges to be found with a higher social class. Rita believes that The Open University (O.U) is her gateway to achieving her goal of class change, innocently unaware that reading will not automatically make her accepted by other students and the middle classes showing that she is extremely na�ve and uninformed.

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  8. Discuss the portrayal of metamorphicic in Educating Rita. Which character changes teh most?

    Rita also tried to change this by using contraception when she was meant to be having a baby. The upper class were expected to do the high paid jobs like law and teaching. At the start of the play, we see a young, lower class woman trying to find her way around the university looking very out of place with her loud character, hair and clothes. She meets Frank in his office and Frank does not know what to make of Rita as he has never seen anyone like her before. Rita isn't even her real name. Frank finds this out when he reads her application form.

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  9. educating rita

    After he left college he started a job at the 'ladies' hairdressers. On from there he started writing "How does Willy Russell present the development of the relationship between Frank and Rita in the play?" The theme of love, friendship, and understanding are used in many ways in the novel. However, the theme of relationships is to do with my question and the novel it-self. However, out the play the understanding of relationship is shown in perfection and cultures. The play focuses on the way Rita and Frank guide each other though that period.

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  10. Educating Rita Coursework

    What?" This also shows their differences and examples of different experiences. When Rita sees the picture on the wall, she uses inappropriate and obscene language; "there's no suppose about it. Look at those tits... do y' think he wanted to turn people on?" This makes Frank feel uncomfortable but shows that Rita appears to be a confident woman who is unafraid of speaking her mind. In her conversation with Frank, Rita also uses slang " I was dead surprised" This is due to the area she was brought up in and implies to the audience that it was possibly due to her lack of education.

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  11. Willy Russel - Educating Rita

    Although Rita knows that knowledge and wisdom is extremely important, it means a lot more to her. It is about what she wants to achieve for herself, and how much she is willing to sacrifice. The way in which she converts from the uneducated Rita to the educated Susan is a struggle for her. The obstacles that have been placed in her way may sometimes knock her down, nevertheless we do not judge her on that, we judge her on how she gets up again and powers on. Through the course of the book she has a determination to become her own person and be in control of her own life she sees education as a guide in which to speak, act and be.

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  12. Willy Russell

    Rita believes it is education that will give her these choices. Rita knows that the value of education goes far beyond simple intellectual enlightenment. Education entirely changes Rita which, though she is prepared for a change, affects her life enormously. The play is set in the 1980's when the equal pay act had only been running for 10 years. Women were only just beginning to be recognized as equal, but many people still thought they were meant to stay at home and raise children. The equal pay act makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay, conditions and type/place of work.

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  13. Educating Rita

    At the beginning of the play Rita makes an entrance by bursting through the door, which can be seen as the struggle in which she has gone through in her life. As soon as she walks in she notices a picture which Frank has not noticed in ten years. This shows Rita's enthusiasm compared to Frank. From the way they both address the issue you can tell that they come from very different backgrounds. Frank says the picture is "beautiful" but Rita says "it's very erotic" We can tell from this that Frank is a cultured man who sees past the vulgarity of the picture that Rita sees.

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  14. Educating Rita act 1 scene 1

    This is because a Victorian university's are usually quite prestigious, and a job at one would make you middle-class. Franks search is the first clue into Frank's lifestyle, the audience is first led to believe that Frank maybe searching for a book, and Willy Russell does this to produce shock for when the whisky bottle appears. The conversation Frank has with his wife on the phone, is put in this play to quickly give the viewers a insight into Franks life, this includes a conversation about ratatouille and lamb, In the 1980's meals such as ratatouille was very much a middle class dish, it was not a regularly available as it is today.

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  15. Examine Frank's growing sense of unease as Rita becomes more educated.

    Frank is a cynical middle -upper class university lecturer in English literature in his early fifties. Frank is an alcoholic with one failed marriage. At present he is in a rather difficult relationship with Julia. He has achieved some mild success as a poet but has been disinclined to write for quite some time. He has also admitted to being an appalling teacher. He is completely bored in life. Furthermore we know that Frank has almost given up on himself because each aspect of his life is failing; work, relationship, uninspired to write any poetry, therefore fills his time consuming large amounts of alcohol.

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  16. 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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  17. Does Rita's education change her for the better or worse?

    Rita starts off the play as an unmannered common liverpudlian. She talks funny and has no manners. In act 1 this is shown. 'I'll bet he did y'know' and 'look at those tits.' She says this while talking to her tutor which is a display of rudeness. However in scene 7 her mannerisms change almost completely. 'I came to tell you you're a good teacher. Thanks for enterin me in the exam' the reason I say almost completely changed is because she still uses 'enterin' which is slight slang. Also she moves out of her suburb house with a violent partner into a nice flat, with a flatmate into arts and healthy lifestyle.

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    Frank is a middle class man. He follows a respectable fashion and speaks Standard English with no defined accent. Frank works as a university lecturer and represents the middle class. In the play the only two characters that we see on the stage are Frank and Rita. The other characters in the play are brought into the scenes by audio viewing e.g. heard on the phone, or are brought up in conversation by Frank or Rita. Already we can see that there is a culture clash between the two main characters; one being well rounded, well mannered and educated where as the other is the opposite.

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  19. the language and the style of the author Frank McCourt within his two memoirs "Angela's Ashes" and "'Tis".

    Angela's Ashes - 'Tis "Angela's Ashes" and "'Tis" are autobiographical memoirs written by Frank McCourt about his childhood from his early years in Limerick, through his adolescence in New York. Both memoirs are charactarized by various aspect of style. The stages in Frank McCourt's life have been reflected in different styles within these two memoirs in parallel with his aging. McCourt maintains his unique writing style by using humorous tone and writing with a perspective of a little child but more significantly, by using a colloquial language. Frank McCourt uses a colloquial and informal language throughout both of the books.

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  20. Educating Rita

    There was also a great culture split between the working class and middle class where the lower band of people couldn't go to university. In 1980 only 7% of people went to university whereas now in 2006 approximately 40% of people go. This shows an outstanding change in society and how the demolition of university has grown again. I will look at how Rita represents the whole of the working class and how they change throughout the time of the 1980's.

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  21. Educating Rita: How Does Willy Russell Make Act 1 Scene 1 Dramatic and Entertaining For the Audience?

    During the phone call frank refers to Rita as being a "silly woman who is attempting to get in the mind on Henry James" This shows that Frank has pre-conceived ideas about Rita and in all, the working class. We know that frank is a middle class man because of what and the way he says things and he is of course a teacher, a job usually portrayed as a "middle class" job. When the convosation is over and frank has replaced the receiver he adds "yes, that's it, you just pop off and put your head in the oven" this again shows humour to keep the audience amused.

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  22. In 'Educating Rita' Willy Russell writes about a working class women who wants to change and become educated

    The telephone rings and Frank answers it. Frank's girlfriend calls him to ask why he hasn't come home yet, and telling him that he is late for dinner. Rita interrupts the call by entering the room, and immediately starting a conversation about the defective door handle. By Willy Russell, making Rita immediately start a conversation suggests to us that Rita is confidant. It's that stupid bleedin' handle on the door Her use of words tell us that she isn't well educated and uses lots of her local dialect.

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  23. Act 1 Scene 1 the audience hear Rita before meeting her. Rita is illustrated as nervous and ill at ease, immediately her language makes her an attractive character to the audience

    And this shows that Rita is honest and cocky because she is saying something that's true but does it in a way to hide the fact that she is nervous also gives the audience the impression that she is cocky and witty.

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  24. Educating Rita

    In Scenes 2 to 4 Rita and Frank's relationship in these scenes develop to become very close as Rita is being educated and taught. Rita is asked to do an essay on pear gynt she takes it away and has a go at it and when she brings it back to Frank as Frank looks at it he sees that there is nothing written on the paper she says "I can't do it I tried honest I did" she says that she can't understand what he is going on about.

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  25. Compare the different ways in which Willy Russell creates humour in the first and final scenes of "Educating Rita" and comment on how what you found reflects the change in the characters and their relationship.

    However, in Act 2, scene 7, we laugh ironically at Frank, as he leaves forever a broken man. Educating Rita is set in an office in a Liverpool University. The two main characters are Frank and Rita. Frank is an alcoholic, who teaches English literature. Rita is married, and a hairdresser. She is taking an Open University course in English Literature, and wants to learn everything and change her life. In the first and last scenes of the play, Frank and Rita both have very dramatic entrances. In 1,1 Rita is unable to open the door to Frank's office, as it has a stiff handle that she does not know about.

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