The Character of Rita in Educating Rita

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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.

Willy Russell faced some problems when trying to introduce the play.

He had to introduce 2 main characters, Rita and Frank. He introduced

Rita as being really active and ambitious. It shows clearly when Rita

enters Frank's room by saying "I'm comin' in, aren't I? It's that

stupid bleedin' handle on the door?" this clearly shows the audience

that Rita can be pushy and also bossy. I think that this gives the

audience some thought of what Rita might be like in the rest of the


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.

Rita says, "You wanna get it fixed!" to frank but then Frank startles

a bit and answers, "yes, I suppose I always mean to…" This proves to

the audience that franks is always stuck in his roo...

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outside Frank's room. When Frank opens the door he is surprised at

what Rita is doing and he did not expect it to be done.

In conclusion I think Willy Russell made an effective way of starting

the play because he had problems while trying to introduce the play,

but for all the problems he had devices to support him and back up his

ideas and also help him make his play. Willy Russell introduced the

characters Rita and Frank by showing the audience what they are like

and what they will be throughout the play. Willy Russell introduced

the themes to the audience in an effective way too, he showed the

audience that Rita wants Education and choices and that Frank wants

relationship. Willy Russell makes the first scene dramatic and

entertaining to the audience, which makes them stay to the very end

and I also think that he made a good start to the play.