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Educating Rita is a comedy brought by the clash of two different people from two different backgrounds, but is that where the appeal ends?

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Educating Rita is a comedy brought by the clash of two different people from two different backgrounds, but is that where the appeal ends? Educating Rita is a play which was considered at first inappropriate and was condemned by many people; however over time people began to understand the importance of the play and it was named the best comedy of the year in 1980. Now it is a good literary base for many students studying English. Although as the title of my essay suggest this play is a comedy I do not believe that is where it ends. There are many interweaving story lines which have relevance which cannot be considered as comical but more inspirational. One of these issues is the relationship between Frank and Rita: Teacher and student. At the beginning of the play Frank appears bemused as Rita Is his first open university student. ...read more.

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Rita however is having problems as Denny her husbands becomes more angry because she wishes to study rather than have a baby which is what her group of people think that she is 'supposed' to do. This is gives us another outlook. Someone trying to better their life but yet upsetting her family in the process is a very serious matter and one that we can see all around us today. Some people believe in that fact that woman should just stay home, be the house wife and mother the children. However this is not the case for many woman today as most would like a career of some sort. At the time this play was written it wasn't quite as acceptable to do this however so Rita did have quite a fight on her hands, which made her situation increasingly difficult. ...read more.

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He lost his partner, his job and also Rita refused to be taught when he was under the influence as she felt she would no longer get proper teaching. You can put this situation anywhere, into family life or even into a teacher you already know. I think many people will have a glass of wine or two to make themselves feel better occasionally, its just a matter of some people knowing where the line is and some people never actually finding out until its too late, things have already been lost. In conclusion, although there are many comical elements throughout this play which can make the audience laugh I do think its important to remember that there are also elements that with deeper thought are much more meaningful and actually can give you a slightly different outlook on life. This play is inspirational and I'm sure that its popularity will live on for a very long time as the issues are still relevant for many people. Kirsty-Anne Luke ...read more.

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