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Analysis Of Educating Rita By Willy Russel

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Analysis of Educating Rita by Willy Russel

The opening scene of Willy Russels “Educating Rita” is very affective
in introducing the characters and the theme of the play. He gains the
interest of the audience in many different ways.

Firstly as the curtain rises we see frank a man in his early fifties
in a room on the first floor of a Victorian built university in the
north of England. This gives the effect of an intellectual play in a
grand environment. As we first introduced to frank he is a middle-aged
man who is scurrying along a bookshelf quickly removing books before
instantly replacing them. This behaviour is very unusual and leads to
the audience asking all kinds of questions about the character. As he
looks further he starts to get angry using phrases like “where the
hell.” He then remembers a dickens book giving the impression of
poetry to the audience. As he removes the book a whisky bottle is
revealed which he then pours a drink from. The audience at this point
believe frank is an intelligent, short tempered, middle-aged man who
could be a closet alcoholic.

After the alcohol fiasco Frank has a telephone call with his partner
with whom he is very sarcastic with. The first thing that is
noticeable is that Franks speech is recognisable to that of a drunken
man confirming any alcoholic queries the audience may already have.
His first comment is very disrespectful and also a sarcastic comment:
“yes of course I’m still here”. From this one sided call the audience
realise that the partner expects him to be somewhere else. He
constantly talks about his Open University student in a negative way
but also the Open scheme. After this he starts using words like “tch”
which is very sharp and also he gets very edgy by using “yes” often.
He goes on to talk about going to the pub afterwards constantly
thinking about drink. Throughout this call we get an insight into how
Frank treats his partner which is very sarcastic, sharp and most
certainly disrespectful.

We are then introduced to the other main character in the play, which
is also the woman the play is named after. As Rita tries to enter the
room she can’t get through the door. This door is used by Willy
Russell to give the effect of a barrier that is preventing Rita an
education. Straight away as soon as she enters the room Rita comes
across as such a confident, funny women who isn’t afraid to speak her
mind. The comment “ Its that stupid bleeding handle on the door. You
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