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Educating Rita

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Educating Rita This coursework is about the play 'Educating Rita'. The main purpose of this coursework is to cover all the changes in Rita throughout her tutoring period with Frank and to decide whether these changes helped Rita achieve her goal, which was to have a good education and to be able to mix in with clever people without sticking out like a sore thumb. The play 'Educating Rita' is written by Willy Russell. Willy Russell was born in Whiston, near Liverpool, England, in 1947. Russell has written a string of popular, award-winning plays and musicals, but perhaps one of the most well known is 'Educating Rita' which was successfully made into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. Other well known Russell works include Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers. The play is set in the time it was written, in 1985. 'Educating Rita' is mainly about a 26 year old hairdresser who wants improved knowledge. Her aim in life is to be a well-read person who can mix in with the clever crowd (especially with the students). Unfortunately Rita has to alter her self to reach that stage. The person who aids her with her learning is her tutor Frank; he attempts to teach her to think differently and helps her gain confidence. ...read more.


Rita trusts frank and as well as receiving help from Frank she also helps Frank (e.g.) When Frank has problems at home, Rita is prepared to give advice because she feels as if though she owes him something. Rita encourages him not to drink alcohol heavily, only because she cares about him. Rita feels very incomplete from the start of the play. When her husband wants Rita to have a baby, she refuses, as she believes that having a baby will invade her life and she feels the need to discover her self before she has a baby. Her attitude drives her husband away. Rita now begins to make progress. After coming back from summer school, she is overjoyed at her experience. She feels the need to give her self a personality and her look makeover because in her eyes, the students have a different way of dressing and style. She believes that she has become a brand new person because of her confidence gain and all the knowledge she has gained. She wears more stylish clothes because she feels more accepted, she does not speak slang and her accent is not the same, she has a better job as a waitress (in the B Stroke), she can mix in with the students, has friends who are high-class and reads more books while going to theatres. ...read more.


Initially Rita's aim in life was to discover her self and be confident enough of to explain and respond to novels, she wanted to be the individualist in her family as no one else in her family was that intelligent. I think that Rita was genuinely smart after her tutoring period with Frank. Rita, in addition learned to control her self and her life. She has realised at the end of her learning time that her education was not supposed to change who she was, but aid her in the future. Rita had gained respect for herself because she knew that she had more options in life. She didn't have to be a hairdresser or an uneducated mother without a job. Rita has also a variety of friends, whereas before she only made friends through her hairdresser salon. The friends she did have were just gossiping people with nothing major to say, but her new friends create a good setting for her. It is a place where she can share her knowledge. Rita has changed what's inside her, which is the key to happiness, as she can hold her usual image and still be respected for what she knows whereas doing the opposite is just false. ...read more.

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