Explore the character of Rita and how she changes throughout the play.

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In this essay I am going to explore the character of Rita and how she changes throughout the play, and how this effects her relationship with Frank. To do this I shall look at three different scenes act 1 scene 1, act 2 scene2 and act 2 scene 7, to give a contrast in the relationship and behaviour of Rita and Frank. Rita's character changes immensely throughout the play as she journeys to find the real Rita. To show this I shall be concerned with her behaviour, her appearance, her speech and her movements.

In act 1 scene 1 the relationship between Rita and Frank is not yet established. The first impressions the audience gets of Frank is that he is quite satirical, a drunkard, although of a high intelligence and quite laid back 'But darling, you shouldn't have prepared dinner should you? Because I said, I distinctly remember saying that I would be late...Yes.

Yes, I probably will go to the pub afterwards.'. Rita on the other hand bursts into the room seeming very inquisitive, and makes comments about everything she notices 'That's a nice picture, isn't it?'. She is very blunt and quite crude, and expects Frank to take offence to this, as he is from a different class 'RITA...Y' don't mind me swearin', do y'? FRANK Not at all. RITA Do you swear? FRANK Never stop.'. Frank seems quite astounded by her, she seems to interest him as he would not come across such a spirit amongst hi group of friends. Rita is quite pessimistic about her ability and doubts herself about what she can achieve 'If I pack the course in I'll post it to y'.'. This is also shown when every time she makes a statement, she says 'isn't it?' or 'don't they'...