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Educating Rita by Willy RussellEssay: Trace the development of Rita's character up to the end of Act 2, scene 1.

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Educating Rita Text by Willy Russell Essay: Trace the development of Rita's character up to the end of Act 2, scene 1. Rita has taken the crucial decision of enrolling on a literature course, even though this causes her to break away from the restrictions of her husband and the society. This decision makes her more educated and culturally aware. She gradually becomes more absorb in Literature and by the end of Act 2 scene 1 noticeable develops in terms of Literature and manners from the beginning of her tutorials. She discovers her own meaning of life through the cultured, middle-class living and builds up her confidence. From the beginning of the play Rita enters Frank's room in an unexpected and startling manner, usually by bursting into the room. In this way she radiates with energy and vitality and this also highlights her eagerness and enthusiasm to learn. At the beginning of the play, she enters by oiling the door, "I was just oilin' it for y'," surprising both Frank and the audience. After she returns from the summer school, he still enters in an unexpected way, by bursting, but her behaviour is more refined and her manners more gentle. She suppresses her character, and acts more like a middle-class lady should. She even takes off her shawl and gives it to Frank who hangs it on a hook, and does not dump her bag. Furthermore Rita used to admire Frank's room, which symbolizes her desire to belong to the educated middle-class. After the summer school however, she becomes "educated", belongs to the middle-class and therefore acting differently and more sophisticated. ...read more.

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They are slowly warming up to each other and Frank is fond of her, and even attracted to her. The first indication of Frank's fondness of her is when he first meets her he finds her amazing, "I think you are marvellous." What is more he even anticipates for her coming and "glances at his watch" constantly. This too underlines the fact that he likes her and enjoys her company while he is teaching her. Rita also likes Frank and is amused by him, just as he is by her. When Frank tells her that he "sometimes gets an urge to throw [a student] through [the window]," she smiles and calls him "bleedin' mad." This demonstrates her fondness towards Frakn. As time passes though, the fondness develops to a friendship. They talk about their personal lives to each other and share secrets. Frank expresses his true feelings about Julia to Rita, "She's very caring, very tolerant, admires me enormously and spends a great deal of time putting her head in the oven," and Rita tells Frank about her life, her relationship with her husband, "Denny found out I was on the pill again; it was my fault, I left me prescription out. He burnt all me books." Frank is concerned about Rita's problem and tries to help her in case of need. He is trying to find the root of the problem between her and Denny by forcing her to analyze their relationship and asking her is she loves him. This illustrates his concern about Rita and also his attraction towards her, which is growing, since he secretly wishes he were the root of their marital problem. ...read more.

Conclusion

This illustrates the faith and belief she now has in herself since she was so confident and bold to ask the question. Rita has a new "classy" flatmate, Trish, and new circle friends, all from the middle class. She has fun with them, "dead late every night, we stayed up talkin', we went all round London, got drunk, went to the theatres, bought all sorts of second-hand gear in the markets..." This shows that she is now socializing more with the middle calls, and lets go of her insecurities. It also shows that she is more independent now, more than she use to, since she has a flat, a flatmate, which shows that she organized her life again by herself. Furthermore she wants to sit on the lawn with he other students, because she "feels young" like them. It is implied that she feels like a "proper" student now, as before she did not feel like one, and thus did not feel comfortable around them. This demonstrates her confidence and self-assurance since she feels confident enough to be around them. That was the impact of education. Rita has changed throughout the course of literature she is following. She becomes more aware of her behaviour and environment. Her confidence experiences an uplifting force too. But her manners are not really reflecting on her character, which she suppresses, and it appears to the audience that she is being pretentious. That is due to the fact that she has not been truly educated enough for her behaviour to change as much as it did, and for to be acting the way she does subconsciously and unintentionally. Rita abused knowledge and becomes ostentatious. ...read more.

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