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Educating Rita

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Essay When Rita was at school, she did not have much of an education, nobody wanted to learn. Even her friends. Rita did not want to learn then because she did not want to be different "and that's not allowed". When Frank asked her "by whom?" she said "by your mates, by your family, by everyone". She had to be more interested in clothes, music and "fellers".Rita then realised that she was not satisfied with the life she was leading, "Is this the absolute maximum I can expect from this living lark?" Frank later on tells her that she "barely had a basic schooling", and she'd "....never passed an exam in her life". At first, Rita couldn't read poems "I couldn't even get through one poem. I tried to read this thing he wrote called 'J. Arthur Prufrock'; I couldn't finish it". Also Rita's first serious book that she reads, she cannot finish because she does not agree with the views expressed in 'Howard's End'. This shows lack of knowledge of how to value English literature. "...Its crap because the feller who wrote it was a louse....because he....says,....quote 'We are not concerned with the poor' unquote. That's why it's crap" By Act 2 scene 4, she has written an essay that Frank adds to the pile of essays from University students. ...read more.


When Denny find 'the pills', he goes mad. This is because Rita has been lying to him. Denny burns Rita's books and papers. Rita's relationship with Denny is not happy. It's not open because she's lying to him. He does not understand her dissatisfaction with her life. Because he does not understand, he gets very angry with her studying so she has to write her essays at work. "Denny gets dead narked if I work at home". In Frank's room when she tells him about his books being burnt, Frank asks her if she loves Denny. Rita did not answer that question. She has to think how to answer. Then she tells Frank that Denny brings her presents sometimes to try and get the old Rita back. Even after Denny has burnt her books Rita is not angry at Denny, she just calls him "Y' soft get". And says, "there's no point cryin' over spilt milk". But she is determined to live the life that she wants to. In the end, she leaves Denny because he gave her an ultimatum to stop the studying or leave, Rita chose her education. Rita worked as a hairdresser, but she got bored with all the conversation "It does my head in". ...read more.


Rita talks broad Liverpuddlion. Also, she swears quite a bit at first. It is her natural way of speaking. "You can. If you do it, it's slumming' it. Comin' from you it'd sound dead effected, wouldn't it?" I think as she is learning a posh accent, she suddenly spoke a little too posh. "Oh go away, Frank. Of its type, it's quite interesting. But it's hardly excellence". This disturbs Frank and he accuses her of talking like a 'Dalek' so it's not natural. By the end of the play, because Rita has self-confidence she talks in a happy medium between the two extremes. During the play, Trish said that Rita's way of speaking is 'ugly'. My conclusion of this play is that I think Rita is a bit selfish. This is because Frank has helped Rita get her dream, which was 'Education'. If Rita paired up with Frank, than she could have stopped him drinking too much. Rita could have helped Frank get over drinking, because she had confidence in his poetry writing and he believed her. She could have helped him. She responds to any hints that Frank gave about developing their relationship, but she is more satisfied with life. But she takes and takes the hints and gives nothing in return. Until the end where she acknowledges this and facts ironically give Frank a haircut. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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