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Educating Rita. Choose one of the main themes in the play and analyse the way in which Willy Russell explores this.

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Choose one of the main themes in the play and analyse the way in which Willy Russell explores this In this essay I'm going to analyse the theme of culture as well as how the author, Willy Russell, explores it and uses it as a device throughout the play. The play explores many themes when read on throughout the book such as self-fulfilment, change, lifestyle and entrapment. But I have chosen culture as the theme I'm going to explore because I think it is the theme which most stands out in the play because it comes out a lot throughout the text. Rita and Frank are at two different places in the cultural hierarchy. Frank is a middle class university lecturer with a part time job in the Open University. Rita is a lower class, scouser hair dresser who wishes she had "a better song to sing." Frank is acting as though he is an incapable teacher/tutor, this is shown by him having many bottles of whiskey hidden behind books ...read more.


It's like drug addicts, isn't it? They hate it when one of them tries to break away." And the second is: "He said there's a time for an education. An' it's not when y' twenty six an' married." But Rita was set not to listen to him and decided to not to go with the flow but to keep on the pill and not have a baby until she had what she wanted. Denny finds this out goes livid, he takes action, burning all the books that Frank lent Rita to help her with her studies. "'I read this poem about fightin' death...' 'Ah - Dylan Thomas...' 'No. Roger McGough.'". Rita is talking about a popular novel which was sold to the masses as an easy read to fill up people's time, whereas Frank was talking about the welsh poet who wrote famous poems such as 'Under Milk Wood' and 'Villanelle'. ...read more.


look at the deeper meaning within the piece of work because he sees the subtler points and adds them to the overall picture's meaning to him. Another difference between the classes is how Frank and Rita regard what a night out is, for instance, Frank invites Rita to a dinner party, which is what would be an average night out for a middle class man such as him but Rita panics because despite her cool and confident outer shell, she is actually worried about it because she feels insecure about taking the step from her class to a new one as she thinks she wouldn't know what wear, say, take, etc. So in conclusion, it was not Rita's intelligence which was holding her back it was that she was stuck between two completely different classes, the lower one composed of clubbing, drugs and doing what everyone else does while the other is completely the opposite made up of dinner parties, brandy and literature. ?? ?? ?? ?? Max Rennie English Coursework ...read more.

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