Choose At Least Two Scenes From The Play, And Explain How They Illustrate How Rita Changes As The Play Progresses.

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Willy Russell was born in Whiston, near Liverpool, England, in 1947. He comes from a working class background, as did Rita. He didn't do very well at school and left with only one English O-level. Russell's mother suggested that he should become a ladies hairdresser, which he did and later on he ran his own salon. Rita also was a ladies hairdresser after underachieving at school, due to her not wanting to be more educated than her family and friends.'Educating Rita' was published in 1982, written by Willy Russell. The play tells the story of a university lecturer, Frank, and an undereducated Liverpudlian woman, Rita, in search for higher learning. Being set in the 80's, the play reflects some of the most crucial moments in British history for women and their access to continue learning after leaving school.'Pygmalion' is a Greek myth and play. The character Pygmalion is a sculptor who falls in love with a statue he has made. He prays to Venus to bring the statue to life, she takes pity on him and does as he wishes. 'Pygmalion' relates to 'Educating Rita' because both Frank and Pygmalion create something that's not meant to be, Frank indirectly changes Rita and Pygmalion changes the statue.In Act 1 Rita is presented as nervous and unconfident around Frank. She shifts around the room a lot, she talks about irrelevant things and quickly changes the subject. Rita initially talks about the stiff door handle, 'It's that stupid bleedin' handle on the door. You wanna get it fixed!' then shortly after she starts talking about a picture on the wall, 'That's a nice picture, isn't it?' both topics are inappropriate, but she uses these things as an excuse to avoid any direct conversation with Frank.The reader is exposed to Rita's background and identity. Rita speaks in local dialect, filled with colloquial speech and swearing, which reflects her social and cultural background. Rita shortens and runs some words together, revealing her thick Liverpudlian accent and her working class status. '"Y' wanna be careful with that stuff, it kills y' brain cells."' Her expressions also emphasize her working class background as she uses phrases like 'takin' the piss.' She is unable to express herself effectively without swearing.Rita wants to be educated so she can discover herself and have better choices in life. 'See, I wanna discover meself first.'Rita, through education, believes she can change herself on the inside in the same way as her clients change their outward appearance with a haircut. 'But if you want to change y' have to do it from the inside, don't y'?'The confusion between Frank and Rita distinguish their different levels of education.Frank - 'You are?'Rita - 'What am I?'Frank - 'Pardon?'Rita - 'What?'Frank asks for Rita's name but she misunderstands him.Rita moves around the room a lot, she looks at and picks up random things. '(Wandering towards the door).' '(Coming back to the desk).' '(Wandering around).' She is nervous and distracted.Rita's husband,...

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