She begs Frank to keep teaching her, and to change her; she does not want to give up. Rita has become a higher-class citizen, and because of this has lost everyone close to her. Frank wonders whether that is really the case. In his mind, education and culture are not expressions of a higher or deeper wisdom anymore, but pretentious exercises in futility. One might want to say that an education can be misused as a screen for an otherwise empty life, but that it can also be put to some authentic and profitable use. From how Rita was a simple woman but with a bursting flame inside just waiting to get out, and that is how she lets it escape by studying with frank to get a better career.
If by his instructions he had achieved nothing more than the transformation of Rita from a traditional working class woman into a sophisticated consumer of refined culture goods, he could not but conclude that he had not only alienated her from her true self, but had also disconnected her from the depth and truth of real life. Rita is indeed a person who has a lot to say and Frank listens and responds to her. 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. So Rita turns from basic education with a one-track mind of doing this than that, now she has learned the joy of reading and higher education. Support your ideas with examples from the film and elsewhere e.
The film stars , , and. How would you define her in terms of her social class. This makes us think that Rita is not at all nervous about starting Open University and also makes her working class background obvious. Well she actually changed her name twice. Frank- a middle class, well-educated, eloquent professor and Rita, an abrupt, crude excuse for a lady with no regard for or more precise, no knowing of social nouce… 7014 Words 29 Pages Educating Rita by Willy Russell explores the relationship between the two characters involved in the play, Frank and Rita over a time span, of several months.
In that sense, as a political play, Educating Rita strikes an unusually mature balance between celebrating the power of individuals to take their fate into their own hands and recognising the structures - from the free availability of contraception to the presence of a liberal education system - that make that self-empowerment so much more possible. And when Rita comes back from summer school in London, Frank finds that she has made much more progress than he had expected. The scene in the pub was shot in The Stag's Head pub on Dame Court in Dublin. He tells her she is already fine, but reluctantly agrees to do as she wishes. His work was well received, and a good number of readers still think highly of it.
This is instead an example of , the repetition of consonant sounds. She finds herself so moved by seeing Shakespeare's Macbeth that she has to tell Frank about it during an impromptu visit. Russell has written the whole story as a play with only two characters, Frank and Rita. Rita is a twenty six year old uneducated hairdresser. The talk is what is important and Willy Russell marks Rita's progress even in this. As time passes, Rita grows prouder of her interest in literary subjects and the theater.
This relationship is not going too well as Frank is an alcoholic and would much rather go to the pub than to Julia. He says maybe he would not be so prone to disappearing from Julia if she was more like Rita. The actor playing Frank seems remarkably young to take on the role of an alcohol-soaked disillusioned middle-age lecturer with a stuttering career as a poet and a broken marriage behind him. Russell uses Rita's working-class strong accent and rude language to create a source of humour in the play. And tremendous applause was the order of the day when, after two hours of intense dialogue peppered with humour and pathos, the only two cast members took an extended bow before a very appreciative very nearly full house.
She later tells Frank Denny did not want to go and she felt nervous, underdressed, and that she had brought the wrong wine. Bryant gives as an example the words 'swans' and 'stones' from 's. Caine and Walters both won and awards for best actor and actress. The play is set in the 1970's, when there was not a lot of unemployment, and there was plenty of money. We are also shown this with Abigail when the use of 'willingly' shows that Abigail is able to play situations to her advantage. But Frank's first actions on stage undermine the high intellectual impression created by the room.
Towards the end of the play, Frank begins to show his feelings about Rita more clearly, by inviting her out for dinner. Frank's command of words and literature, his ability to participate in the cultural life of society, and his position at the university are indeed little more than a hollow façade, a façade that masks a dismaying and profound emptiness in his actual life. And in that sense, these two Willy Russell shows currently playing in Scotland offer some interesting contrasts, not only in style but in attitude to the people whose lives they describe. He and Rita are fighting more. She swears and uses informal colloquial language. He does not only fail to support her educational efforts, but even obstructs them wherever he can.
Frank's attitude towards life declines dramatically en route for the middle of the play but there is hint of improvement at the end. Australia was, of course, the former penal colony where England sent her convicts, mostly victims of the social conditions that racked the kingdom's lower classes at the time. In this play Willy Russell is very much producing a mirror image of parts of his life. Other teachers take an interest in her, and she has gained an independence of judgment that allows her to converse freely about topics that used to intimidate her by their strangeness and complexity. Something else I noticed about how Willy Russell keeps our interest is by developing the characters in the play. The depth and intensity of Rita and Frank's relationship is also highlighted by having them as the only characters on stage.