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Gains and Losses in Educating Rita - Gains and Losses in Educating Rita The question of what Rita gains in Educating Rita is quite easy to answer. What she loses is less obvious. Her intention is to gain a college education and she largely succeeds in this. On the way you could say she loses her job and her husband, but it is worth asking whether these are really losses to the person Rita, or rather Susan, becomes. The play follows just over a year in Rita's life and shows her gradual progress in an English Literature course....   [tags: Educating Rita Essays] 964 words
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The Character of Rita in Educating Rita - The Character of Rita in Educating Rita In the play of Educating Rita, which is written by Willy Russell, there is a student aged twenty-six years old who is a hairdresser and also is a working class called Rita. Rita lives with her husband called Denny however Rita and Denny love each other so very much. Denny wants Rita to have a baby but Rita is on a pill to stop from having a baby, but Denny does not know about it, but then finds out later in the play. Rita wants to explore herself and learn, that is why she goes to University to find a tutor to help her learn....   [tags: Educating Rita Characters Willy Russell Essays] 1358 words
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Critique of the Movie Educating Rita - Critique of the Movie Educating Rita Director: Lewis Gilbert Screenwriter: Willy Russell Released: 1983 With Julie Walters, Michael Caine, and others Rita (Julie Walters) is a twenty-six years old hairdresser from Liverpool who has decided to get an education. Not the sort of education that would get her just a better job or more pay, but an education that would open up for her a whole new world--a liberal education. Rita wants to be a different person, and live an altogether different sort of life than she has lived so far....   [tags: Movies Film Educating Rita Essays] 5165 words
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Opening Scene of Educating Rita - Opening Scene of Educating Rita Explore the ways in which Russell engages the audiences interest in the main characters and themes in the opening scene of Educating Rita and explain whether you think the play written in 1979 is still relevant to 2005. Willy Russell’s play, Educating Rita, written in 1979, is a story about a typical lower class woman called Rita who decides she wants to lead an ‘educated life’ and she tries to do this by getting a private tutor called Frank to teach her, but learning to lead an educated life proves to be not what she expected....   [tags: Educating Rita Themes Characters Essays] 963 words
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The Humour in Educating Rita - The Humour in Educating Rita ‘Educating Rita’ is a humorous play that was written by Willy Russell in 1979, based on his own life. It is set in Liverpool and depicts the perseverance of a working class, 26-year-old hairdresser with no qualifications called Susan, or as she is called throughout the play, ‘Rita’, as she tries to ‘discover herself’ by participating in an English literature course at the Open University. Her lecturer, who is from a more middle class background, Frank, is somewhat of an unorthodox one; he is frequently found to be drunk and, during one lecture, he is so drunk that he falls off of the rostrum in the hall....   [tags: Educating Rita Willy Russell Essays] 1550 words
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The Power of the Single Set in Educating Rita - The Power of the Single Set in Educating Rita    There are obvious financial and logistical reasons for making Educating Rita a two-handed play, but Willy Russell does far more with this format than simply save money on actors and sets. The play is essentially about the impact of education on the lives of two people and it therefore does not need to distract the audience with Rita and Frank's other relationships and concerns. The depth and intensity of Rita and Frank's relationship is also highlighted by having them as the only characters on stage....   [tags: Educating Rita Essays]
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Culture in Willy Russell's Educating Rita - Over the last few weeks I have been reading a play by an author called Willy Russell, it is called Educating Rita. The play begins by introducing the two main characters, Frank and Rita. Rita is a young woman in her mid twenty?s, living in a working class culture. Rita is not happy with the way her life is going, she wants to be seen as more middle class, so she decided to take a course at the Open University to study litterateur. Frank on the other hand is Rita?s tutor at the university also middle aged alcoholic living in a middle class culture....   [tags: Educating Rita Essays] 805 words
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The Gains and Losses of Educating Rita - The Gains and Losses of Educating Rita The purpose of my essay is to explain, in considerable detail, the gains and loses of Educating Rita for it being a two-handed play. The play, ‘Educating Rita’, written by Willy Russell is very entertaining, although there are only two characters, hence the reason it is a two-handed play. The grounds on which I found it entertaining is based upon the basic plot outline which consists of Rita, a working-class Liverpool girl, with a hunger for education and Frank, her lecturer, attempts to do just that, but, their relationship changes, they become close....   [tags: Educating Rita Willy Russell Plays Essays] 1282 words
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Willy Russell's Educating Rita - Willy Russells "Educating Rita" Educating Rita is a play about a working class girl who is tired of her lifestyle and asks a university tutor to educate her in an attempt to change her ways her life. Her tutor, Frank, shows her the cultures and values of the middle class world as well as teaching her about literature even though he too is tired of his lifestyle. Rita forces herself to change and realises the damage she causes to herself, acting as someone she isn't. Willy Russel writes about the clash of cultures from each of the English classes....   [tags: Willy Russell Educating Rita Essays] 1176 words
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Willie Russell's Educating Rita - Willie Russell's Educating Rita In this play, Willie Russell has created two extremes of culture and put them together to focus on the differences between them and how these two cultures change as the play develops. Firstly there is Frank with a good job as a teacher and a large house and is well educated, who is contrasted with Rita who has a council house, works as a hairdresser and is not well educated. They first meet when Rita goes to Frank because she wants to be educated. As the play continues, Frank and Rita almost completely exchange roles as they are both unhappy with their culture and want to be more like the other....   [tags: Willie Russell Educating Rita Essays] 1724 words
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Willy Russell's Educating Rita - Willy Russell's Educating Rita ‘Educating Rita’ explores the way in which a woman, in her late twenties, Rita, has to deal with everyday life, conflict change and different phases as she becomes educated. The play is based on Willy Russell’s own life. At the start of the play, Frank is a more relaxed character. Rita is a hyper and open minded character, searching for adventure. She comes from the working class society and tries to become educated and well respected....   [tags: Educating Rita Willy Russell Analysis] 1506 words
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Educating Rita Raises Serious Issues - 'Educating Rita' Raises Serious Issues 'Educating Rita' was voted best comedy of the year when performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980 and by 1983 it had risen to be the fourth most popular play on the British stage. Russell uses humour as a tool to engage and entertain his audience whilst at the same time dealing with serious topics. Without the humour, the play would be less accessible and would probably have reached a much more limited and elitist audience. The play is naturalistic with a fixed and simple staging, which firmly reflects the real world....   [tags: Educating Rita Essays] 2952 words
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Educating Rita by Willy Russell - Educating Rita by Willy Russell "Educating Rita" displays the major changes that occur in the main character, an initially narrow minded, outspoken and socially naïve Liverpudlian trapped by her working class life. Rita thinks an increase in intelligence and worldly knowledge will change this, and set her "free". She strives to change classes, and although is different from her working class peers, she still isn't ready to be accepted as middle class. She aims to reach her goal through an Open University course, yet naively thinks knowing what books to read and clothes to wear will allow her to immediately become accepted as part of her chosen social strata....   [tags: Educating Rita Sociology Social Classes Essays] 3409 words
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Humour within the Play Educating Rita - Humour within the Play Educating Rita Educating Rita has survived as a popular play in production because Willy Russell successfully combines humour with serious themes. Educating Rita, a play written in 1979, and by 1983 the fourth most popular play in Britain, remains a favourite of the British today. Based partly on his own experiences, Willy Russell created a theatrical masterpiece, remarkably with only two characters. So we ask ourselves the question: how did he accomplish this. I will explore just how the play has survived in current British culture, with hundreds of plays being written every year, yet still remaining a favourite of students, grandparents, and critics alike....   [tags: Comedy Educating Rita Plays Essays] 1273 words
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Willy Russell's Educating Rita - Willy Russell's Educating Rita Educating Rita was a play, which was written by Willy Russell. The book is a semi autobiographical story about a woman who has achieved nothing in her life and wants to get an education before it is too late. She is being forced to have a baby by her husband Denny and regrets not getting any qualifications. With a lack of learning she had only hairdressing to turn to. She started to feel like she was just another person in a crowd, nobody special at home so she starts a literature course at the Open University....   [tags: Educating Rita Autobiography Social Class Essays] 2455 words
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Rita’s Loss of Self Through Education in Willy Russell’s "Educating Rita" - The preconceived ideas that Rita has about the working class, as well as the educated class, greatly limit the way that she sees people and their roles within the world. Throughout Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, we see that Rita uses education in an attempt to become a self-supporting individual and, in turn, shed the stereotypes that plague the working class. She attends the university in an attempt to free herself from the bonds that are holding her back from being the person that she believes she has the potential to be....   [tags: Willy Russell, Educating Rita, education, ] 1665 words
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita 1. When we are first introduced to Rita she is a hairdresser. How would you define her in terms of her social class. Support your ideas with examples from the film and elsewhere e.g. the most recent classification system used to define social class. (P2) I would define her in terms of her social class as a snobby person. She fits in a working class D, the way she speaks (language) is different the type of clothes she wears is different, she wears mini skirts. The environment Rita lives in is run down and dirty there is no front garden and no green space....   [tags: Educating Rita Literature Essays] 2844 words
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Clash of Classes and Cultures in Educating Rita - Clash of Classes and Cultures in Educating Rita To What Extent Would You Agree That Educating Rita Depicts a Clash of Classes and Cultures. 'Educating Rita' is a play by Willy Russell, a dramatist recently turned novelist. 'Educating Rita' contains only two characters, a young woman called Rita and a middle-aged man called Frank, although this may sound boring these characters are so interesting that anymore characters would ruin the ambiance of the play. In the early part of the play Rita, a hairdresser from north-west England, has started an Open University course with Frank, a university lecturer in his early fifties, in order to change herself....   [tags: Educating Rita Social Classes Cultural Essays] 834 words
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Introducting the Characters and Themes in Educating Rita - Introducting the Characters and Themes in Educating Rita GCSE Coursework: In what ways is Act 1 Scene 1 of “Educating Rita” a good introduction to the play’s main characters and themes. Do you think Willy Russell has made his opening dramatic and entertaining. “I’m coming in aren’t I. It’s that stupid bleedin’ handle on the door!” is not the way in which we would expect a new university student to talk to a lecture she had never meet before, but as we later find out, Rita, is not a stereotypical student and her lecture, Frank, is not a stereotypical lecture....   [tags: Educating Rita Plays Social Classes Essays] 1283 words
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Changes in Rita's Character throughout Educating Rita - Changes in Rita's Character throughout Educating Rita With reference to the social context of the play, discuss the ways in which Willy Russell shows the changes in Rita’s character throughout Educating Rita. In the play Educating Rita by Willy Russell there are two main characters, Rita and Frank. Rita is a twenty six year old uneducated hairdresser. She wants a better life for herself; she wants to have an education. She didn’t get a full education at school as she says, ‘See, if I’d started takin’ school seriously, I would have had to become different from me mates, an’ that’s not allowed.” This shows Rita felt she could never take education seriously because it was for the ‘wimps’ and s...   [tags: Educating Rita Social Class Essays] 1478 words
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Achieving Humor in Educating Rita by Willy Russell - Achieving Humor in Educating Rita by Willy Russell Written by Willy Russell in 1985, "Educating Rita" is a comical interpretation of his own life as a young Liverpudlian hairdresser and his aspirations to become educated. The play is based on Rita, the hairdresser who wants a better life, and begins this adventure by enrolling in an Open University course. It is here she meets her tutor, Frank. You could say, the key to her dreams. If I were to direct this play, I would seek to achieve humour for an audience by exploring the different aspects of comedy; comedy of character, comedy of situation, comedy of misunderstanding and comedy of language....   [tags: Educating Rita Willy Russell Essays] 1109 words
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita The play Educating Rita, only has two characters, Frank and Rita, Rita wants to learn literacy, and Frank is her tutor. The play is set in the 1970's, when there was not a lot of unemployment, and there was plenty of money. Although Rita has everything she needs, she is dis-satisfied with her life, she wants something more. Rita feels that there is no meaning to life, and she wants to find one. The characters Rita and Frank are two totally different people, Rita is uneducated and common, whereas Frank is educated and well spoken....   [tags: Education Educating Rita Willy Russell Essays] 863 words
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita Educating Rita is a humorous play giving out a very strong message, which is telling the reader to never give up in life and keep striving for what you are aiming for. In this play we have a 26 year old woman called Rita whom is a mature woman, seeking an education, as she didn't take the opportunity to learn when she was an amateur student, because of the environment she lived in and the fact she didn't want to learn due to her popularity and her working class culture. In reflection, Rita has come to realise how the law expectations surrounding her and her working class culture held her back from her real potential....   [tags: Educating Rita Humor Social Class Essays] 2555 words
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Act One, Scenes Six and Seven in Educating Rita - Act One, Scenes Six and Seven in Educating Rita Re-read Act 1 scenes 6 and 7 of Educating Rita. How does Willy Russell suggest that these scenes are important stages in Rita's development. When we speak of the way that Rita is educated we speak of two different types of education. Frank is Rita's teacher for both these types of education as he is a person who Rita looks up to and 'idolises' to an extent. Not only is she educated in English Literature to gain a qualification, but also she is also educated to make the transition from the lower social class towards the middle one....   [tags: Educating Rita Plays Willy Russell Essays] 1866 words
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Act One Scene One of Educating Rita - Act One Scene One of Educating Rita 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. Russell uses an effective way to start the play. It is effective because we find out that Frank is alcohol dependent and he is lazy by not getting the door fixed. Russell faces many problems when trying to introduce his play such as showing Franks alcohol dependency, Rita striving for a change, showing relationships between Frank and Rita, Frank and Julia and Rita and Denny....   [tags: Educating Rita Plays Willy Russell Essays] 838 words
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Changes in Rita in Act Two Scene One of Educating Rita - Changes in Rita in Act Two Scene One of Educating Rita Willy Russell was born in Whiston, near Liverpool, England, in 1947. Russell has written a string of popular, award-winning plays and musicals, but perhaps one of the most well known is Educating Rita. In this play Willy Russell is very much producing a mirror image of parts of his life. As a child and growing up he didn’t care much for school, he considered himself a kid from the ’D’ stream and a piece of factory fodder. Eventually he realised he did not want to end up working in a factory, yet it was to late as there were only six months of school left he did not make an effort, he felt his fate lay in factory work so he spent his day...   [tags: Educating Rita Willy Russell Acting Plays Essays] 1422 words
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Educating Rita By Willy Russell and The Social, Historical And Cultural Context Of Britain In The Late 1970's - "Educating Rita" By Willy Russell and The Social, Historical And Cultural Context Of Britain In The Late 1970's 'Educating Rita' by 'Willy Russell relates to the social, historical and cultural context of Britain in the late 1970's throughout the play and this extremely strong and believable reference to these three subjects contribute to a good piece of drama. 'Willy Russell' makes these references in everything, from the smallest detail, Rita's hair colour to the extreme stereotyping of each of the two classes....   [tags: Educating Rita russell Essays] 1629 words
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Comparing Act One Scene One and Act Two Scene One of Educating Rita - Comparing Act One Scene One and Act Two Scene One of Educating Rita In willy Russell's play "educating Rita" the first scenes of each acts are very different from each other. In act two scene one there is almost a complete reverse in characters attitude, status and behaviour from the first scene of act one. This is because in act one, Rita really admires Frank and wishes she could be just like him because of his vast knowledge. However in act two Frank admires the change in Rita but at the same time he is also upset because he has lost the Rita he used to know and he thinks that Rita no longer needs him because she knows 'what wine to buy and what clothes to wear' but Rita doesn't realise t...   [tags: Educating Rita Social Classes Essays] 1457 words
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Development of Characters in Educating Rita - In the play Educating Rita, Willy Russell uses many dramatic devices to develop the themes and characters. By doing this he is able to build up an image of the characters and themes in the audience’s head. One of the main ways he does this is through characterisation. The two main characters (and the only ones we actually see) are Frank and Rita. These two characters couldn’t be any more different. Frank is a University lecturer in English Literature with a drink problem. He had a failed marriage and is in a struggling relationship with ‘Julia’....   [tags: Character Analysis, Literary Devices] 974 words
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Learning Stages - Educating Rita - Compiling past learning experiences, requesting official transcripts, completing the application process, and receiving the letter of acceptance brought great excitement and anticipation but with it anxiety. Returning to college to complete a degree in my later age is significantly more challenging than acquiring my education earlier in life; however, it is unfinished business long overdue. This is an important investment and decision that impacts my family and me. I identified with the challenges and transformation portrayed in the 1983 movie Educating Rita, Rita is a 26-year-old working class hairdresser with a longtime burning desire to improve her social status, discover herself, and emp...   [tags: Film Review]
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Educating Rita by Willy Russell - ... “I'm 26, I'm supposed to have a baby by now...I do not want to have a baby, I want to discover myself first”. This shows her resistance to becoming stuck in her current situation. Being married and giving birth are the only things that matter where she comes from, but she wants something better. At one point Rita’s mother says “we should be singing better songs than these”, this shows that even she thinks they should be finding more meaning in their lives, and this only makes Rita more determined....   [tags: theme analysis] 1076 words
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita by Willy Russell explores the value of education, but also the wider education that takes place and how to use that education to your greatest benefit; not only during the school education but also the looking at the surrounding world. Rita, an uneducated lady, is unhappy with the limitations of her social class and feels that to escape the limitations she needs to get a properly recognised education. She therefore decides to do an Open University course in English literature. This she believes will greatly increase the horizons of her life and remove some of the limitations that she feels are imposed upon her....   [tags: Literary Review] 859 words
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Comparing and Contrasting ‘Teechers’ with ‘Educating Rita’ - Comparing and Contrasting ‘Teechers’ with ‘Educating Rita’ I am going to compare and contrast ‘Teechers’ by John Godber with ‘Educating Rita by Willy Russell. I think the most obvious likeness between the two plays is the theme of education. In Teechers the teaching is dreadful both the teacher and children are not motivated to learn. The teachers hate working at the school because the children are so baldly behaved ‘everyone’s trying to get out’ The tragic teaching also applies to Educating Rita where Frank himself describes his teaching as 'appalling but good enough for his appalling students'....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 822 words
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Play: Educating Rita, by Willy Russell - Education provides unique experiences to everyone. These experiences are not depended on the individual’s personal backgrounds or social statuses. According to Jane Thompson, a scholar in education, the process of education can either be a restriction on creativity or a “practice of freedom.” In Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, the protagonist’s experience through the Open University is a practice of freedom as she is provided with the opportunities to express her thoughts and discover her own limits....   [tags: Practice of Freedom, Education] 1308 words
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Directing a Production of Educating Rita - Directing a Production of Educating Rita Rita acts very differently in each of the two scenes, in Act 1, scene. She is very un-confident and doesn't know what she is talking about even though she thinks she does. In Act 2, scene 5 Rita is much more confident and can talk about literature in great detail and with knowledge. The play is set in the same room throughout the whole production but the atmosphere changes dramatically throughout. In every scene there is a different atmosphere even though the set and the characters don't change....   [tags: Papers] 558 words
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Educating Rita by Willy Russell - Educating Rita by Willy Russell "Educating Rita", is a two-handed play which only has two characters and one set. "Educating Rita" was written in 1985 by Willy Russell, it looks at how the relationship between two people, Rita and Frank, develops as the play goes on. "Educating Rita" is the story of Rita, a hairdresser who decides to go to University in order to discover who she really is. When she arrives at University she meets Frank, a lazy alcoholic who doesn't really care about being a University lecturer....   [tags: Papers] 1613 words
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Educating Rita by Willy Russell - Educating Rita by Willy Russell “ How do the characters of Frank and Rita change throughout the play and what is Russell’s purpose of using the technique?” Educating Rita is a play written by Willy Russell who was born in Liverpool, Whiston. “I really don’t want to write plays which are resigned, menopausal, despairing and whining. I don’t want to use any medium as a platform for displaying the smallness and hopelessness of man.” Willy Russell wrote Educating Rita as a comedy, he wanted to write a funny play to be watched and not to be studied....   [tags: A Play By Willy Russell] 2120 words
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Educating Rita - Love Story - Educating Rita - Love Story To answer the question whether or not Willy Russell actually wrote a love story as he intended to do, I consider certain aspects. I find two totally different main characters in Frank and Rita and therefore will be dealing with completely different ways of behaviour and reaction. By interpreting their statements and actions it might be possible to find some kind of conclusion. To begin with it is possible to say that Educating Rita does not seem to be a love story in a common sense....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 546 words
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Educating Rita by Willy Russell - Educating Rita by Willy Russell Should Frank have educated Rita. I have been studying 'Educating Rita' by Willy Russell. I am going to write about the characters Frank and Rita in the play, and decide whether Frank should have educated Rita. When we first see Rita, she "bursts" into Frank's office without thinking that she is meant to knock, wait for response and walk in politely and responsibly. She says; I am comin' in aren't I. It's that stupid bleedin' handle on the door....   [tags: Papers] 1065 words
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Educating Rita by Willy Russell - Educating Rita by Willy Russell Frank and Rita's relationship develops gradually throughout the play 'Educating Rita'. The first few pages of the play show immediately how different Frank and Rita are. While Frank seems quiet, polite, nervous and lost, Rita is loud, pushy, confident and self-assured. This is how they appear at the start of the play, but as they get to know each other they reveal more about themselves. It is discovered that Rita is under pressure to have a baby, but she wants to explore her mind first....   [tags: Papers] 497 words
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Educating Rita by Willy Russell - Educating Rita by Willy Russell Educating Rita is a play written by Willy Russell. It is about a woman called Rita who feels her life is not fulfilled so she goes to Frank who works at an Open University to tutor her. Rita has a husband called Denny. He is working class and has never been to university, like Rita before she goes to she Frank. Frank on the other hand is a lecturer of literature but does not have everything. He is unhappy at home and is often drunk at his tutorials....   [tags: Papers] 674 words
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Character Evolvement in Educating Rita - Character Evolvement in Educating Rita Rita is one of the two main characters in Willy Russell's Educating Rita. Rita's character changes in all aspects of her life: from her attitude to her work and her personal life to her appearance and knowledge- this is how: Rita enters the play at first as a common, working class hairdresser. You can gather all of this straight away, from the fact that in her first sentence she addresses to Frank contains the word 'bleedin'. In these opening moments of the play she does not seem to be able to control her speech and tends to babble on about irrelevant issues - such as Frank's 'pornographic' picture on his wall....   [tags: Papers] 1197 words
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Educating Rita by Willy Russell - Educating Rita Educating Rita is a story written by Willy Russell. He was born in Whiston, which is just outside Liverpool. When he was five his mum and dad moved to Knowsley, on an estate full of Liverpudlians who taught him how to talk properly. It is about two main characters Rita and Frank. Rita is a literature student at the Open University. This is a university that is used as a way of enabling adult students, like Rita. Frank is a tutor at the Open University but unlike the normal upper class tutors frank is a normal scruffy old man, this shocks Rita....   [tags: English Literature] 778 words
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Changes in Rita and Frank Between Act 1 Scene 6 and Act 2 Scene 3 - “ If you want to change, y’ have to do it from the inside, don’t y’. Know like im doin” declares Rita in act 1 scene 1. How does the playwright show the changes in Rita, and in her tutor Frank, in two key scenes of the play (1.6 and 2.3) "Educating Rita" displays the major changes that occur in the main character, an initially narrow minded, outspoken and socially naïve Liverpudlian trapped by her working class life. Rita thinks an increase in intelligence and worldly knowledge will change this, and set her "free"....   [tags: Educating Rita Essays] 3311 words
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Willy Russell's Educating Rita - From your study of Willy Russell's Educating Rita, describe which character in the play changes the most Explain: · How the characters change · The characters role in the play · How the playwright uses dramatic devices · How the use of language shows these changes · How these changes reflect the social, historical and cultural background. The play 'Educating Rita' was written by Willy Russell in 1985, for all the 'Rita's' and all the 'Frank's' in the audience. The play is based on Willy Russell's life so it could be interpreted as an autobiographical play....   [tags: English Literature] 1095 words
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Willy Russell's Educating Rita - Willy Russell's Educating Rita In this essay I will explore how Willy Russel makes act 1 scene 1 of 'Educating Rita' good to watch on stage. To help me to do this I will look at: Cultural context and setting, for example, why was the play set in the North of England, and how does it help the play. I will also look at dramatic devices, such as the way Rita enters Franks study for the first time, and also the language used in the play, Rita is very outspoken and uses swear words were as Frank speaks proper English and does not use slang....   [tags: Papers] 924 words
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Willy Russell's Educating Rita - Willy Russell's Educating Rita The play follows the attempts of Rita, a hairdresser to escape from her mundane existence and enter an academic, middle class one. Willy Russell's early life had much in common with Rita's. A working class family, from Liverpool, a failed secondary school career, a lady's hairdresser and then an interest in English literature. Russell wanted to contrast the working class values of Rita with the middle class academic ones. He used a number of ideas to make his audience aware of 'class values'....   [tags: Papers] 773 words
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Analysis of Educating Rita - Analysis of Educating Rita Scenes 7 and 8 are the two last scenes in Act1. Seeing as it is only a two act play, this is a good point to reflect on how Rita and Frank's relationship has changed and developed since the beginning, both as teacher and student and on a more personal level. In scene 7 Rita and Frank talk about why Rita did not show up for Frank's dinner party and Rita explains how she was seriously thinking of going back to her old way of life. In Scene 8 we find that Rita has chosen her new life over Denny and has packed her bags and left him....   [tags: Papers] 1040 words
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Willy Russell's Educating Rita - Willy Russell's Educating Rita The play is in a naturalistic setting. The whole play takes place inside one room, namely Frank’s office; a book-lined study in a university in northern England. And by adhering to the unity of place Willy Russell is not just able to concentrate on the drama, but also the humour of the play. The play is set in year it was written, 1985. The play itself is structured into two Acts. The first act deals with Rita beginning her search and her education, trying desperately to fit into Frank’s world....   [tags: Papers] 1595 words
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Summary of Educating Rita - Main characters are Frank who is a university lecturer and Rita who is a hair dresser. Rita wants to be educated she decides to take an Open University course. The main theme of the play is to be educated. At the start of the scene we hear a conversation between Frank and someone else on the other end of the phone. We hear him arguing if he will go to the pub or not. “What do u mean I determined to go to the pub. I don’t need determination to go to the pub”. This shows his sarcasm. Showing that he doesn’t care this shows us that he doesn’t care about his partner and he’s a caring person....   [tags: essays research papers] 756 words
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Rita and Frank's Relationship in Educating Rita - Rita and Frank's Relationship in Educating Rita At the start of the play, Rita and Frank's personalities clash because Rita is an uneducated girl who has the attitude of the working class. Rita wants to improve herself and her life style. She wants to be in a position where she has choices, the choice to change her life or to stay the way she is, Rita calls it "finding herself." However, Frank on the other hand is a man who has found teaching boring and uninspiring, he has become disillusioned with his life, Rita is like a breath of fresh air thrown into his drab, dreary and very bland life....   [tags: Papers] 931 words
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Rita's Development as a Character in Educating Rita - Rita's Development as a Character in Educating Rita Despite the fact that this play was written 25 years ago we can say that the message about education giving choices is still relevant today. During the course of the play Rita shows how she can achieve what she wanted. We can clearly notice the drastic change there is in different aspects of her between Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 2 Scene 7. Some of these aspects are her attitude, her language, her educational development, her physical appearance and her personal life....   [tags: Papers] 646 words
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita Although Rita knows that intellectual enlightenment is important, to Rita, education provides much more to her in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita. Rita’s education is not restricted to scholastic learning alone, her transformation from the uneducated Rita to the educated Susan is all encompassing. Rita sees and understands the importance of being well educated, but for Rita, education helps her to overcome her background and break away from the traditional role expected of a woman in the 1970s....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 986 words
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita. In the play Educating Rita by Willy Russell we are lead to believe that in the first few scenes Rita and Frank have nothing in common. We assume this on a few small things like the way Rita talks. She is a very out going character who talks like a commoner." you'd better get that bleadin' handle fixed. She hair dresses in a shop and is not happy with the position she is in. She does not have much interest in hair dressing and it does not feel that it is good enough for her. She could do much better....   [tags: English Literature] 1248 words
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita The title of the play ‘Educating Rita’ refers to a woman called Rita who decides to enrol on a literature course at an open university. Rita is a working class, 26-year-old hairdresser. She has a husband called Denny who disapproves of Rita’s decision of enrolling on a course at the Open University, as he is worried she is going to turn into a different, more educated woman. The play is set in the 1980’s. Which means that because Rita is working class she has to break away from the restrictions, which are imposed, on her by her husband Denny and the community she lives in....   [tags: Papers] 1577 words
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Educating Rita - In Willy Russel’s play "Educating Rita," some marks of a love story are to be noticed between both characters. They each show marks of affection for each other. The main aspect of a love story is to have two characters of opposite sex, being attracted to one another. The attraction of two people especially deals with having a relationship. In "Educating Rita," this is not the case because only the male character is attracted to the female. In a love story, both characters are dependent on each other....   [tags: essays research papers] 1367 words
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita Question How does the play write show the audience the differences between the two characters by the way that they behave according to the stage directions and the way that they use language. What comments is he making by showing us these two very different characters. I will be writing about two scenes from a play called Educating Rita. The play is about two completely different characters from two completely different backgrounds, brought together by education. The two characters are Frank and Rita; Frank is a middle class university professor, who has been very well educated and has a partner called Julia....   [tags: English Literature] 1184 words
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita Civilization has a tendency to attempt to divide people into different groups. Our environment weighs and measures us; then places us into a certain company. Frank and Rita are the very example of two persons placed in very different social compartments. Their places in society differ greatly as do their roles as student and teacher. And yet as one examines the script of Educating Rita it seems as though two people, who society has attempted to separate from each other in every possible way, still have the world in common....   [tags: Social Issues Racism Equality Essays] 785 words
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita Willy Russell’s play “Educating Rita” only uses one main setting and two main characters. Some people may think that these would make the play seem boring. Russell actually makes the play quite interesting and entertaining by using dramatic devices such as the whiskey bottle and the telephone call. He does this to give us as much information as possible about the characters and their personalities. The play, which is set in the early 1980s, deals with the clashes between education and culture....   [tags: English Literature] 764 words
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Educating Rita essay - Educating Rita essay "I've been realizing for ages that I was you know slightly out of step, I'm twenty six, I should have had a baby by now, everyone expects it, I'm sure me husband thinks I'm sterile. He was moaning all the time you know come off the pills, lets have a baby. I told him I'd come off the pills, just to shut him up. But I'm still on it, see I don't want to baby yet. See, I want to discover myself first, do you understand that. Changes take place in every one through our lives everyday; In this essay I will be exploring the changes that have happened in Franks and Rita relationship in the play Educating Rita by Willy Russell....   [tags: English Literature] 2001 words
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Educating Rita - Comparing the Movie and Play - Educating Rita - Comparing the Movie and Play     The play Educating Rita by Willy Russell gained great popularity especially during the early eighties. There has also been a movie made from it starring Julie Walters and the more famous Michael Caine. As so often the case, the movie was more elaborate with additional scenes, some of which were spoken of or retold by the actors in the play. The movie also included several actors while the play only featured two, Frank and Rita.      After having read the play and seen the movie I am struck by a number of differences....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]
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Analysis of Educating Rita by Willy Russel - Analysis of Educating Rita by Willy Russel The opening scene of Willy Russels “Educating Rita” is very affective in introducing the characters and the theme of the play. He gains the interest of the audience in many different ways. Firstly as the curtain rises we see frank a man in his early fifties in a room on the first floor of a Victorian built university in the north of England. This gives the effect of an intellectual play in a grand environment. As we first introduced to frank he is a middle-aged man who is scurrying along a bookshelf quickly removing books before instantly replacing them....   [tags: Papers] 654 words
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Letter to the Actress Playing Rita in Educating Rita - Letter to the Actress Playing Rita in Educating Rita Dear Miss Walters It has come to my attention that you will be playing the role of Rita in the production of 'Educating Rita' at the west end. My name is Steven Spielberg, and I am a Hollywood director, and quite recently I have taken an interest in the play Educating Rita. The purpose of this letter is to assist you in understanding the complex character of Rita so you can perform her authentically. As you may already know the play Educating Rita focuses on a twenty six year old woman named Rita who in the beginning of Act one was a narrow minded, outspoken and socially naive Liverpudlian who is trapped by he...   [tags: Papers] 1741 words
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Changes in Frank and Rita's Relationship - Changes in Frank and Rita's Relationship Referring closely to Scenes 6 & 7 in Act 2, discuss the changes seen in Frank and Rita's relationship. In this essay I will be referring closely to Scenes 6 & 7 in Act 2. I will be discussing the changes in Frank’s and Rita’s relationship, and comparing their relationship “now” as to what it used to be in the beginning of the play. Rita & Frank are the two main or, only characters in the play. This is a powerful and smart way to let the audience or reader to get to know our two characters, their feelings, emotions and thoughts....   [tags: Educating Rita Relationships Plays Essays] 792 words
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The Metamorphosis of Rita in Willy Russell's Educating Rita - The Metamorphosis of Rita in Willy Russell's Educating Rita Educating Rita by Willy Russell tells the story of 'Rita' White a twenty six year old hairdresser, who is trying to gain an education at the Open University. Russell has written the whole story as a play with only two characters, Frank and Rita. All scenes are in Frank's study and follow the dialogue between Frank and Rita. Russell wrote the play in the 1980s and it is somewhat autobiographical, it explores the structure of society and its link with education at a time when education was becoming available for all classes....   [tags: Papers] 1457 words
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Rita's Changes in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita - Rita's Changes in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita The story of ‘Educating Rita’ by Willy Russell is set in Liverpool in the 60s. At this time working class people did not usually stay in at school later than the age of 15. This lead to talent being wasted and many people leaving school with no qualifications. This applied even more to the women of this time as many of them were expected to simply get married and become baby machines and then perhaps get a part time job. The Open University (OU) was the University that gave these people another chance at education as you need no formal qualifications to study there....   [tags: Papers] 1545 words
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Rita's Character in Willy Russell's Educating Rita - Rita's Character in Willy Russell's Educating Rita First impressions are very important and Willy Russell is keen to portray Rita as an enthusiastic but common lady. In Rita's first line of the scene, we find that she speaks her mind "It's that stupid bleedin' handle on the door. You wanna get it fixed." We also find out that Rita is a strong confident character because when Frank tells Rita "I suppose I always mean to…" She tells him "Well that's no good always meaning to, is it?" This is ironic to because the student is telling the teacher what to do....   [tags: Papers] 721 words
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Rita's Change and her Relationship with Frank - Rita's Change and her Relationship with Frank How does Rita’s character change and her relationship with Frank alter during the course of the play. “Educating Rita” is the story of a married working-class woman, Rita, trying to better and discover herself by attending an open university course. The play follows her as her character and relationship with her tutor, Frank develop and change until she finally passes her exams and they part. Rita completely transforms herself through her education and by the end she can choose what to do next rather then being swept along by circumstances and everyone else’s expectations....   [tags: Educating Rita Social Class Essays] 3339 words
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Changes in Rita and Frank in Acts One and Two - Changes in Rita and Frank in Acts One and Two Nicola White The ways in which Russell portrays the changes and developments in the characters of Rita and Frank in Act 1 scene 1 and Act 2 scene 1 of Educating Rita The play ‘Educating Rita’ written by Willy Russell explores the life of Rita, a twenty-six year old woman from a working class background, who is trying to find a new identity by becoming more independent, educated and cultured. Rita goes to the Open University and meets her tutor Frank....   [tags: Educating Rita Frank Plays Essays] 1254 words
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In what ways is Educating Rita effective as a play? - In what ways is Educating Rita effective as a play. 'Educating Rita" is dramatically effective in many ways. It is also recognised as an exceptional play; it was voted "Best comedy of the year" when performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980, and just three years after release, it had become the fourth most popular play in Britain. There are obviously factors which make it so effective, and I intend to explore these factors. Throughout the play, there are only two characters: this is known as a two-hander....   [tags: English Literature] 1563 words
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Different Aspects in Educating Rita by Willy Russell - Different Aspects in Educating Rita by Willy Russell Introduction Educating Rita is a play written by Willy Russell in 1985. The play is based around an Open University (an idea founded in the 1960's where adult students could go to university without having to leave home and study for a degree) in Northern England. One of the central ideas of this play is culture. Russell uses different ideas to represent these cultural differences, for example the use of different dialects, different settings i.e....   [tags: Papers] 889 words
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Educating Rita from a Director's Point of View - Educating Rita from a Director's Point of View "Educating Rita" by Willy Russell is a play based on one working class women's struggle to become educated. The play has just two characters, Rita, the women seeking an education and Frank, her designated tutor. One of the play's main themes is the emotional and social changes that occur as the play, and Rita's education, progresses. In this essay I will write from a director's viewpoint how I think certain scenes of the play should be performed....   [tags: Papers] 1172 words
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Frank and Rita's Relationship - Frank and Rita's Relationship At the start of the play, Frank and Rita can be seen as opposites; Frank is a middle aged academic, whilst Rita is a young, female hairdresser. Any friendship between the two seems unlikely, but they quickly warm to one another as first appearances show. They are both involved in unsatisfactory relationships, and they both want more from life than it seems to offer. The main difference between the characters are that, whereas Rita has recognised her unhappiness and is determined to change it through becoming educated, Frank is more negative and prefers to drown his sorrows in alcohol....   [tags: Educating Rita Relationships Essays] 1472 words
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