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Describe the Process of Rita's Education. What effect does becoming educated have on Rita and those who are close to her.

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William Wood 10cg Describe the Process of Rita's Education. What effect does becoming educated have on Rita and those who are close to her. Educating Rita shows the willful struggle of a working class woman's thirst to be educated. Rita's educational development goes through several stages which have very harsh consequences on those which are close to her. Rita felt her education at school to be "just normal". In the school at which she attended amongst her friends "studying" was considered to be "just for the wimps." For Rita to have gotten a decent education at school she would "have had to become different" from her "mates." And she felt then that "that's not allowed." Although for Rita this concept was never quite right and she remembers feeling "out of step" with the others and "havin'...somethin'...tappin' away, tellin'" Her she might have it all mixed up. Perhaps the reasons she never questioned it was because of the limited expectations set on her. Succeeding in life for Rita was leaving school, marrying, having a baby and becoming a housewife. For Rita normal was "seein'...everyone pissed, or on the valium, tryin' to get from one day to the next." Despite Rita's poor education she has managed to grasp skills, maybe not refined enough for her course, however, certainly a head start. An example of this is when Rita describes 'assonance' as "getting the rhyme wrong" she manages to get to the heart of the matter and come up with a personable explanation of its meaning for her. ...read more.

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Although we feel sorry for Rita being pulled between two lives we must also understand Denny's side of the picture. Denny doesn't want Rita to be educated as he doesn't understand what she is learning and is totally oblivious to know what drives her on. "I've tried explaining it to me husband but between you an' me I think he's thick." Rita has a must bigger idea of change where as Denny thinks of it as "movin off the council estate" When Denny burns her books he is getting her back, he is getting rid of what is keeping her away from him. It really isn't Denny's fault this is no longer the woman he married. To Denny she is having an affair with education; this is having the same effect as it would if she had an affair with another man. Rita: "you'd think I was havin' a bloody affair" Frank: "Aren't you" Denny tries everything in his power to get the old Rita back he tires buying presents but knows in the back of his mind he is losing to education. "He's wonderin' where the girl he marries has gone to" Denny doesn't understand Rita's need for choice he think of choice as choosing between lagers in a pub. Rita's educational development is too unnerving for Denny "he'd packed me case" Denny feels like Rita has betrayed him and Rita admits to it. "He said I'd betrayed him. ...read more.

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As Rita moves further and further away Franks Drinking problems begin to come even more serious showing his total dependence upon her. The last stage in Rita's education is when she makes a personal discovery and finally realizes what she has become. Rita has realized that she is in fact "a load of quotes an' empty phrases." Just as Frank had tried to tell her before. The influence and inspiration for Rita's reconsideration was the suicide for Trish the person she had looked up to and followed. This made here think about all that Frank had told her and what he was worried about. She now "had a choice" because of what Frank had given her. She can now chose whatever she wants to do that is what the education had given her. She can be individual again. Now from her own and other peoples perceptive she is the educated woman she had always wanted to be. The effect this has on Frank is "fantastic" he know the old Rita is back. Frank is ready to make a new start at life in Australia; he asks Rita is she will join him this is his last chance to hold her. Also Frank manages to admit his attraction for here when he talks about the dress he bought for her. This is the dress Frank had promised to buy Rita once she had succeeded in her goals. Rita loves the dress but feels that she has never given anything to Frank, this of course is the furthest away from the truth as it could be, Rita in fact has given Frank the second change on life that he deserves. ...read more.

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