What Does a Comparison of the Way the Characters and Their Relationship Are Presented in Act One, Scene One with the Way the Characters and Their Relationship Are Presented in Act Two, Scenes One to Three Reveal About

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David Beer What does a comparison of the way the characters and their relationship are presented in Act One, Scene One with the way the characters and their relationship are presented in Act Two, Scenes One to Three reveal about the development of Rita and Frank and their relationship, in Educating Rita? Educating Rita was written in 1980 by the playwright Willy Russell and is one of his most famous plays to date. Since the play has many similarities to Russell’s life, it is viewed as a semi-autobiographical play containing certain similarities to his life; for example both he and Rita were female hairdressers and were under-educated at school. The play is written as a comedy and shows the change in character and personality of a young…show more content…
The second example of the new Rita is her newfound confidence to stand up in front of two thousand people to ask a question – something the old Rita would have never dreamed of doing. In addition, Rita’s conversation is no longer as erratic as it used to be and although she still speaks colloquially she does not swear. Rita used to use humour as a defence mechanism and talked a lot because she was so nervous, however now she speaks confidently and all she talks about is the students and what she’s done with them. In Act Two, Scene Two Rita does in fact try to change to a posh accent, describing her normal voice as “ugly” which suggests that Rita is trying to become the very thing she said that she “sometimes hated”; she is speaking like an aristocrat. __Not only does summer school bolster her feeling of security amongst the students, it also develops her into a confident literary critic and she is now familiar with William Blake and Chekhov. Her knowledge of Blake is substantial compared to anything she knew before and when she says “Of course; you don’t do Blake without doing Songs of Innocence and Experience, do y’?” she appears to know what she is talking about. Moreover, when she comes to do an essay it is well written and is of

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