OCR Educating Rita

Posted by Joanna on August 25, 2012 in AQA English GCSE, OCR English GCSE |

The notes here are designed to help you get a general overview of the text in the most quick, straightforward way possible.  I’ve put links to other useful sites, for more in depth analysis and understanding, at the end.

Click here for a plot summary of Educating Rita

 

I’ve split the storyline of Educating Rita into 8 sections in Act 1 and 7 sections in Act 2.  I would recommend labelling each section of your text according to these sections too as it will make it easier to remember and analyse.

ACT 1

Section 1:

  • Frank talks to Julia on phone
  • Rita enters & looks at picture
  • F & R smoke, drink, swear
  • Discuss assonance, their names, R’s job, why R’s come
  • F says she should find other tutor; R refuses

Section 2:

  • R oils door & looks round room
  • R explains why didn’t go to ‘proper’ uni
  • F explains ‘criticism’
  • R&F talk about F’s wife & Julia
  • Talk about education
  • Return to studying Forster

Section 3:

  • 1st essay: Discuss R’s essay on Rubyfruit Jungle & 3 books she’s read

Section 4:

  • 2nd essay: Discuss R’s essay on Peer Gynt
  • R talks about ‘culture’ then re-writes essay

Section 5:

  • R hasn’t written essay; Denny burnt her books
  • F gets whisky & they talk about his poetry
  • Decide to go to theatre

Section 6:

  • R bursts in & talks about watching Macbeth
  • F explains meaning of ‘tragedy’
  • R invites F to art gallery
  • F invites R to dinner party

Section 7:

  • R explains why she didn’t go to dinner party & why she’s decided NOT to quit the course

Section 8:

  • R tells F she is leaving Denny & going to stay with mother
  • 3rd essay: F gives back essay on Macbeth & R puts in bin

 

ACT 2

Section 1:

  • R tells F about summer school
  • F tells R about France & Julia left him / returned
  • R gives F pen & opens window
  • Whisky falls out & discuss R leaving
  • Discuss Blake

Section 2:

  • R enters & speaks with strange accent
  • R recounts conversation had with students about ‘Lady Chatterly’
  • R mentions invite to south of France / Tiger
  • 4th essay: F says essay is like the other students

Section 3:

  • F walks in very drunk & says he has been reported
  • 5th essay: they debate meaning of ‘The Blossom’ & they argue

Section 4:

  • R is late & F has discovered she changed jobs
  • F says she should stop coming if she wants
  • F asks her to read his poetry

Section 5:

  • R enters & tells F she thinks his poetry is really good
  • F & R argue

Section 6:

  • F speaks to Trish & leaves a message for R about her exam

Section 7:

  • F packs his things
  • R tells F about her exam & that he’s a good teacher
  • F asks R to go to Australia with him
  • F gives R a dress; R gives F a haircut

 

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