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Opening Scene of Educating Rita Essay

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Opening Scene of Educating Rita Explore the ways in which Russell engages the crowds interest from the principal characters and themes from the opening scene of Educating Rita and explain whether you think the drama written in 1979 is still relevant to 2005. Willy Russell's play, Educating Rita, written in 1979, is a narrative of an average lower class woman called Rita who decides that she wants to lead an 'educated lifestyle' and she strives to do this by getting a personal tutor called Frank to instruct her, but learning to lead an educated lifestyle proves to ben't what she anticipated. Willy Russell introduces Frank and Rita in two quite different ways. Frank is introduced as a well read university tutor who seems to enjoy his drink; this can be revealed when Russell writes 'the walls are lined with publications' which makes him look educated. But then writes: "pulls out a pile of books to show a bottle of whisky" which makes the viewer question their first impression of him as a normal university teacher, is he an alchoholic? Can he drink a lot of? Is this significant? Rita is released as a uneducated, loud, rude young woman. The very first impression Russell provides the viewers is Rita stating: "I am comin' in, aren't I?" To someone she has never met, and that reveals a lack of manners or just a casual love. Then he shows her going into a seat and "dumping her bag". By employing the verb "dump" Russell immediately suggests that Rita is not a ladylike person, and this also follows the belief which she's ill mannered. Russell introduces the play for a two-hander so that the audience is focused on the clash between Frank and Rita along with the whole play is focused on Frank and Rita's point of view. Both very contrasting personalities seem t.. .

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