Changes in Rita in Act Two Scene One of Educating Rita Essay

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Changes in Rita in Act Two Scene One of Educating Rita

Willy Russell was born in Whiston, near Liverpool, England, in 1947.
Russell has written a string of popular, award-winning plays and musicals, but perhaps one of the most well known is Educating Rita. In this play Willy Russell is very much producing a mirror image of parts of his life. As a child and growing up he didn’t care much for school, he considered himself a kid from the ’D’ stream and a piece of factory fodder. Eventually he realised he did not want to end up working in a factory, yet it was to late as there were only six months of school left he did not make an effort, he felt his fate lay in factory work so he spent his days in underground clubs and sagging of
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Frank on the other hand is a highly educated and experienced tutor and poet with an alcohol problem who seems to dislike his students and holds a strong grudge against himself, he describes Rita as ‘the first breath of fresh air to walk into the room’ and believes he is not good enough to teach her what she wants to know: everything.
She is eager to learn and is willing to change.

In Act 2 Scene 1 Rita has just come back from summer school, we quickly realise at the start of this new act that significant changes have taken place in Rita’s life since we last saw her, in the play we do not see these happen of course but we do see and hear the results.
Apart from being at summer school she now lives in a flat with a friend after being thrown out of her home by her husband who disagreed with her education, yet it is the changes in her character and attitude that are the most startling and which need to be emphasised by the actress playing Rita’s part in this play.

As Rita enters Franks room the actress playing her should ‘burst’ in with an incredible air of confidence, throwing the audience back immediately noticing the change in her. She is wearing new second hand stylish clothes and shows them off to Frank the clothes most probably symbolising the new person that she has become, the transition is complete. She then surprisingly takes of her shawl and gives it to
Frank whereas before she simply took her jacket off and hung it
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