Changes In Rita And Frank In Acts One And Two

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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. She is determined to learn from him and will not let
anything step in her way. On closer analysis of Act 1 scene 1 and Act
2 scene 2 of this play and the changes in the relationship between
Frank and Rita in these two scenes. When Rita enters Frank’s office at
the beginning of Act 1 she is very talkative and excited. Frank is
having problems with his life but he makes an obvious connection with
Rita. In Act 2 scene 1 Rita returns from her holiday she is more
mature and also widely educated and does not have to completely rely
on Frank anymore. He does not approve of this and tries to become very
controlling over Rita.

In ‘Educating Rita’ there are two acts. In the first act there are
eight scenes and there are seven scenes in the second, fifteen
altogether. This whole book is over a one year period and Frank and
Rita are the only two spoken characters in the play. The scene is set
at the Open University inside Frank’s office in England. This is
effective because it shows you how the characters change but the
setting will always stay the same. It shows the change more
effectively. Frank’s office is very dark, there are a lot of books
against the wall, a large bay window and a large painting Rita
describes as “erotic.”

At the beginning of the scene Frank is on the phone arguing with his
young girlfriend Julia. He knows he has Rita coming but decides he
cannot be bothered to teach her and just wants to go to the pub. This
shows Frank likes to drink and he has had enough of working for the
Open University. His life is hot very enjoyable and maybe drinking
alcohol takes all the boredom away. Rita bursts in to Frank’s office,
boisterously and unexpectedly by swinging the door open. She is
extremely loquacious the minute she enters the office, not intimidated
by Frank. You know Rita is different when she asks Frank “ Do you get
a lot of students like me?” and he replies “Not exactly, no…” Frank is
the opposite of Rita and does not want to teach her, as she could be a

Rita talks in her colloquialisms “Y’know, it’s dead loud” and has a
working class liverpudlian accent. She does not try to impress Frank
when she is introduced to him. Rita discusses random topics with Frank
is trying to explain to her, especially when she is first meets Frank
and tends to get confused at some of the things Frank is trying to
explain to her, he says “you are?” Rita replies, “What am I?” Not
knowing what Frank is...

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