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At the end of Act one what has Rita learned about herself, her education and her relationships with others?

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At the end of Act one what has Rita learned about herself, her education and her relationships with others? In the play "Educating Rita", there are two Acts which consist of several scenes. These two Acts demonstrate the contrast between the low cultured Rita and the high cultured Rita. At the end of the first Act the audience can sympathise with Rita's position, she belongs to neither social class at this point in time. She is stuck in a void, which if she is to break through she must discard all that is holding her back. In this essay I wish to examine Rita's feeling towards herself and others at the end of the first Act, and how she values her new levels of education. As the play progresses the audience feels that Rita is becoming more confident as well as furthering her education, she is willing to sacrifice those close to her including Denny and their marriage to achieve her ultimate goal." ...read more.

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Frank is one of the items that has remained as a constant throughout her purification period. This shows how highly Rita views Frank although he could be described as a druken failure; Rita believes that at least he has got that choice whether or not to be classed as a drunk. The changes that Rita has endured towards herself and others re extremely obvious to the audience," No, ta, I've packed it in." As Rita's education progresses she rids herself of all unnecessary baggage that is preventing her from realizing her goal, including smoking which she felt so strongly about at the beginning of the play. "I hate smokin" on me own. "The changes that are happening to the Rita are apparent to the audience and I believe to Rita herself. The changes are appearing in various different mediums, which include her feeling towards controversial subjects, the way that Rita talks and her feelings towards others. ...read more.

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In comparison to. "That's all I could do in the time. We were dead busy in the shop this week." This example shows Rita's changing attitude towards her education and her work in general as she matures into a responsible young women. Another apparent change that has taken within Rita is her amount of swearing, "that's fuckin' rubbish." At the beginning of the play Rita swears in almost every second sentence, nearing the end of Act one, she limits her swearing and know it is all most always provoked and for a for a distinct reason and is no longer there to feel a belonging or to fill a sentence. It is obvious that at the end of Act one Rita has learnt many things about herself, others and education in general. It will be interesting to find out whether anymore changes are to occur and if they are what they are to be. Rita and Frank are developing characters which is a reason why the play is so interesting and holds the audiences attention. ...read more.

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