Educating Rita

Educating Rita is a play written by Willy Russell set in Liverpool during the 1980’s portraying the lives of two characters; Frank and Rita. The characters live opposite lives, and are also entirely different. Frank is an educated man who teaches Literature in a University whilst Rita is a comfortable, common blonde who is eagerly in search for a door to the high class world, In other words, Frank’s world of education and social status. In Act 1 Scene 1, the characters meet when average hairdresser Rita grabs the opportunity of applying to an Open University. At first, both characters find it difficult to relate to each other, but we later realise how well they develop as two different ...

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Frank and Rita’s individual characters. “That’s a nice picture isn’t it?” The fact that Rita notices the nude painting before anything else suggests that she is attracted to such bizarre things, which emphasizes the idea that she is a comfortable woman who isn’t afraid of the outcomes of her speech and how people might respond to her non lady-like behaviour. Later on after studying the painting, she adds “It’s very erotic” which suggests that she is sexually active for this is how she portrays the subject matter of ‘erotic love’; nudity. With regards to her comment, she yet again continues her opinion by adding “look at those tits” The fact that she uses slang highlights her role as an uneducated young woman. But in addition to this, Russell also skilfully creates a connection between the audience and Rita for builds a humorous technique to attract us towards Rita’s amusing character. We feel overjoyed by her presence and in a way also make us relate to her, because she is no ...

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to be “very beautiful”. Nevertheless, both opinions are appropriate and subject relating. However, Frank exposes his literate ability to describe the painting with formality and high class whilst Rita alternatively uses the sexual, ordinary form of language. Though the conversation ends with a sarcastic laugh from Frank, we have the impression that Rita and Frank’s relationship could ease well as time goes by. Overall, Russell capably uses a simple yet sophisticated device to inform us about Frank and Rita’s diverse attitudes.
Another dramatic device that Russell uses to establish the characters of Frank and Rita is the study door. Frank and Rita’s first meeting is an interview; we ...

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Added: 3/14/2011 05:33:14 PM
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Category: Film & Theater
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