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Educating Rita general overview. Russell depicts the initial struggles that people who have not had a private school start to the education system. He uses both stagecraft and dialogue to present the changes that a person such as he and Rita can face.

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Educating Rita Coursework Liverpool, in the 1980's was hit by a financial low point; with high rates of unemployment and thousands fleeing the city for better job and life prospects elsewhere. This coupled with rising tuition fees for universities, made it harder for people in the city to try and better themselves, especially the younger generation. Open universities as opposed to the traditional redbrick's, offered a cheap course - that you could study in your free time, mostly from home but still get a degree at the end of studying. They did not discriminate class or grades, meaning that anyone can access the courses they have to offer, without taking the traditional route of an A-level. Assisting people to Strive towards a better career and future. The playwright, Willy Russell seems to be a part of this generation in Liverpool, wanting to get ahead but with financial times being hard, he felt the push. He was a hairdresser, and with one O-level he saw that with the financial crisis of the time, it would be hard to make ends meet, whilst he was still cutting hair. Whereas, if he took an Open University course, that did not care about his difficult start to life - he would be able to get his degree and hopefully better himself. Russell also saw, that in his traditional city, that women were not given the opportunities and equal rights, that most women in society have access to today. This is put across in his work, as feminism is something that is meaningful to him. His roots moulded his being, and therefore you see that he shows the concerns of the working classes that might not be seen or highlighted, in a political system populated with Oxbridge graduates, and British society that looks up to upper class figures such as the Royal Family. As this is deeply portrayed throughout the play, it is a semi-autobiographical play, concerning the difficulties that Willy faced, through the eyes of Rita, a liverpudlian woman, from a working class upbringing in the same profession as Russell, a hairdresser. ...read more.


She still finds it hard to put her past behind her, making herself think that she is inferior, or a "dishwasher" which is not a job that you would link to a person studying for a degree. There are other problems that relate back to wealth, such as the fact that people who are sitting on the grass, are able to afford the tuition fees and student living costs, which Rita would struggle with working either at the hairdressers or the Bistro. What Russell is trying to convey, is that even though the Open University, does not discriminate against class or grades, there are still problems for people on the courses - such as the people studying on the courses feel inferior to the traditional educational institutions that are deemed by university rankings, such as the times university guide; Showing that the window is a metaphorical barrier for the feelings that people who take Open University courses face, when put alongside people who are studying in a more traditional manner. Another way in which Russell shows Rita's, attitude towards the educational system on the day is by using "Oh - it's grass" in act II scene I. This is another example of a metaphorical physical barrier that Rita faces on her quest through her studies. However, we do not hear about the window like in the last scene. It is directly the grass grounds of the campus. This shows since feeling completely left outside, she now desperately wants to become one of them, by living the way they do and studying the same way that they do as well. Perhaps, she has come to terms with the financial difficulties, and the way in which she has come to do her degree. Furthermore, the use of the hyphen after the "Oh" show Rita's, shock that as a University student, the same as Franks, minus the social differences they contrast in. ...read more.


although she did very well in her course; she was correct when she wrote "do it on the radio" however an essay is not about who you are, it is about writing your essay to the examiners marking criteria .Ironically neither her or Frank at the time realise how much the knowledge that she already possesses can be just as important as her educational awareness. Rita changes and reforms somewhat back to her old self, she realises that some of her university friends, such as Tiger/ Tyson are not nice people because they are educated, it is about a persons personality, claiming that Tiger "He's a bit of a wanker really". She also seems to have a better relationship with her parents, as her mother has invited her over to celebrate Christmas. She has also started using more of her scouse dialect again. Showing us that she has started to think for herself and not only about becoming and educated, middle class, degree holder. However she has been taught well by Frank, she can now make confidently make literary decisions "...I heard one of them saying that as a novel he preferred 'Lady Chatterly' to 'Sons and Lovers.' I thought, I can keep on walking an' ignore it, or I can put him straight." Although education is a permit out of the masses into a better life, Rita has to change her life, end her marriage with Denny and end her career as a hairdresser to get out of nightmare. However this is the type of person that Frank would class as "pretentious". Rita cuts Franks hair and says "I'm gonna take ten years off you..." Although in the movie, we see the majority of act II scene VII taking place in the airport, the play in much more vague. We see that the play ends on a sweet note, and we do not know if Frank and Rita ever reunite, however the relationship has improved from when Frank compared her to Frankenstein's monster. ...read more.

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