• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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?'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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?' 'Educating Rita' is a play written by Willy Russell about a 26 year old hairdresser, Rita, who tries to better herself by enrolling in the Open University in which she is taught by her new tutor, Frank. The story is one which shows the ever evolving relationship between the two and how they try to cope with the constant difficulties thrown up by their culture clash and their other problems such as Frank's drinking and Rita's marital difficulties. The characters slowly adapt until the two reverse roles completely and become the mirror image of what they were at the beginning with Rita on a path to success and Frank in a spiral of self destruction. When Rita started out at the Open University, she was obviously very nervous but displayed it in a way which made her appear very forth coming and had an in-your-face attitude. This is shown by the lines in Act 1 Scene 1 in which Rita says: Rita: That's what I do. ...read more.

Middle

He doesn't like his job and his is almost constantly drunk. It appears that he has been like this for a while because in Act 1 Scene 1 he is talking to his partner, Julia as though this had been going on for some time: Frank: ... Yes. Yes, I probably shall go to the pub afterwards. I shall need to go to the pub afterwards. I shall need to wash away the memory of some silly woman's attempts to get into the mind of Henry James or whoever we're meant to be studying on this course... Oh God, why did I take this on?... Yes I suppose I take it on to pay for the drink... This allows us to see that Frank does have a drinking problem and that he is not in his profession because he enjoys it. He merely does it to pay for the alcohol he drinks. However, he does have some restraint from vices as he reveals to Rita that he tries not to smoke. However, as the play continues, Frank slowly slips into a decline. It comes to a head in Act 2 Scene 3 where instead of drinking in private like he was instructed to by the governors of the university, he gets drunk during a lecture and is severely reprimanded for it: Frank: Pissed? ...read more.

Conclusion

This begins to show that Frank has become unhappy with Rita's learning and that he seems to have a problem with Rita advancing as far as she has done. Up until the end of the play, Rita and Frank are barely on speaking terms and try to avoid one another. Rita and Frank's relationship manages to grow so much that they become good friends until it has the massive crash and goes into a state of not talking to each other. This state of cold war ends as the two talk to one another once more at the end shortly before Frank leaves and the play ends. In conclusion, the comparison between Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 2 Scenes 2 and 3 show us that Frank and Rita managed to completely flip their lives around. However, the playwright also shows that not all changes are for the better as Frank loses his job and Rita becomes alienated from her family and community. So while Willy Russell shows that we must strive to better ourselves and our community around us, we cannot lose touch from it or believe that we are any better than when we started ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Educating Rita section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Educating Rita essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    With close reference to her speech in Act 1 Scene 4, how does Rita ...

    4 star(s)

    The audience at first thought of Rita has a funny character, but didn't see her in depth. However, as we progress through the play, we see a different side to Rita, of which we see her views and beliefs about society and the people who she has grown up with.

  2. Educating Rita: How does Willy Russell present the development of Frank and of Rita ...

    While, at the beginning of the play, Frank felt secure, otherwise is suggested in many ways throughout the middle of the book. The first way his insecurity is shown, so to speak, is at the end of Act 1 Scene 8, whereby Frank says that he "doesn't know if he

  1. Educating Rita by Willy RussellEssay: Trace the development of Rita's character up to the ...

    Additionally, Rita does not wait for Frank to introduce a book, but she had gone ahead and read Blake in summer school. This helps the audience to understand that Rita is now more independent and depends more on her self and less on Frank, whereas before she depended more on him to learn.

  2. relationship between frank and rita in educating rita

    The hairdresser's shop. Where you work. Or, I should say, worked.' This shows Frank is extremely dependent on seeing Rita, whereas she is not really bothered about the classes at all. Also the fact that Frank did not know Rita had changed jobs is very much a break down in

  1. How does Willy Russell use linguistic and dramatic devices to show how Frank and ...

    It is not until the end of the play that she gives him the haircut but it signifies a new Frank, who is happier with who he is. In the final scene of 'Educating Rita' the characters are at complete ease with each other, and are packing Frank's study before he moves to Australia.

  2. Choose two scenes from the film that illuminates the text of Educating Rita by ...

    him since he had been very drunk while giving his last lecture. The stage audience never get to see the actual scene where this happens. In the film the audience are treated to Frank staggering and slurring in front of the class.

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

    (Act 1, Scene 3) The dress also symbolises her success and achievement in the end of the play, shown to the audience by Frank giving this dress to her, as she is now happy and understands what she really wants.

  2. By referring to scenes of your choice, discuss Ritas changing character.

    She also "twirls on the spot" to show Frank her new clothes. The fact that Rita "bursts" through the door implies that she now feels confident and secure with the idea of education. Likewise, it's almost as if her confidence and burst from within her to reveal the real Rita.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work