Consider How Three Types of Comedy Are Created in the First Three Scenes of Educating Rita

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Through the first three scenes of the play, Rita has established herself with Frank. Although their meeting and conversation to begin with was a little awkward and disjointed, by Scene 3 they have managed to make a connection. Firstly, there is an aspect of incongruity which is comedic. Incongruous comedy is where the characters appear to have swap roles, in this sense where the student acts like the teacher and the teacher acts like the student. This can be seen in Scene 1, where Rita is struggling to get in past the worse-for-wear door. When she eventually makes it in she says 'It's that stupid bleedin' handle on the door. You wanna get it fixed!'. This creates comedy because she is putting Frank in his place, telling him exactly what she thinks of the door and giving him orders like a teacher would do. What makes this more comedic is the fact that this is the first time she and Frank have met; these are the first words Rita says face to face with Frank. However, this may not be seen as comedic, in the sense that she really was angry that she couldn't get in because she was so eager to learn. The second aspect that makes the first three scenes comedic is through physical comedy. Physical comedy can also be known as slapstick, and generally involves one or more characters that is dependant upon visual, usually exaggerated, jokes and gestures through use of the body. An example of this in Educating Rita is where, at the start of Scene 2, Frank opens the door and sees Rita with a can of oil, oiling his door. This creates comedy because you wouldn't expect your students to oil your doors for you. However, this may not be seen as comedic, because the door can be thought of as a barrier to Rita's learning (if she can't get in the door she can't learn), so she is taking every step possible to make sure her transition from outside the classroom to inside is as

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