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Educating Rita is a humorous play giving out a very strong message, which is telling the reader to never give up in life and keep striving for what you are aiming for. In this play we have a 26 year old woman called Rita whom is a mature woman, seeking an education, as she didn't take the opportunity to learn when she was an amateur student, because of the environment she lived in and the fact she didn't want to learn due to her popularity and her working class culture. In reflection, Rita has come to realise how the law expectations surrounding her and her working class culture held her back from her real potential. She wants to change now and break this cycle. Frank, the other main character, is a teacher at the university where she has applied to do her course. He is around his 50's and is Rita's tutor. He is a lazy man, bored and frustrated by his life he too does not feel like he belongs anywhere. Frank does not like his job very much, he does not have any respect for himself at all. The play is staged in one room and only 2 people are taking the major role in the play. This is quite unusual for a play this long. Throughout the play, there are only two characters: this is known as a two-hander. Other characters are only mentioned in the play, but in the film have been cast as parts. ...read more.


But listen, it wasn't borin' it was bleedin' great honest, ogh, it done me in.' having watched the professional production, Rita displays excitement and enthusiasm and has an eagerness for more. Rita's attitude changes from her expectations of a boring play to sheer astonishment that she enjoys it so much. Rita watches with an open mind and she herself is surprised that she enjoyed the play and the general atmosphere so much. She expresses this to Frank by informing him that at one point she wanted to stand up and shout: 'I was on the edge of me seat at that bit. I wanted to shout out an' tell Macbeth, warn him.' The way that Rita reacts to Shakespeare is valuable because she has viewed the play without looking at it from an English student's viewpoint. She fails to notice that the play is written in verse for example. However Rita struggles to grasp the idea of what a true tragedy actually is. She believes that a tragedy is a random event. But Frank shares his knowledge with Rita and explains that a tragedy is 'inevitable and pre-ordained' and that a random happening is simply 'tragic' not a 'tragedy'. Willy Russell uses different words and phrases to portray Rita's lack of understanding, humour and excitement. He uses hesitation to show confusion: 'So-so Macbeth brings it on himself?' He shows her humour by using slang as well. When Frank explains how if a man is hit by a falling tree it is tragic, not a tragedy, Rita's reply is: 'It is for the poor sod under the tree.' ...read more.


Rita now has the will power to complete her social class shift and she also has Frank's support behind her. Frank's words of wisdom and persistence show his affection for Rita and his wish for her to do well. In her mind, Rita is now ready to become a member of the middle class and forget her working class roots. The final moments of the play show Frank and Rita making up and Rita had took her jacket off an said "im going to take ten years off you", it looked like rita was going to kiss Frank but she goes to him, ges out a scissor and starts cutting up his hair, this is one of the humerous parts. This would symbolise another chance for Frank and Rita, a new life for the both of them. I think this play is one of the best plays I have ever read. At te beginning, I had found out that this play only contained 2 characters, this made me think that this play would be not very interesting, but I was surprised. This had an excellent storyline which gave out strong messages which is basically 'not to give up in life', for example Rita had sacrificed a lot for her edcucation, this showed how dedicated she was. This play is presented in different styles, like sometimes this play can be humerous but most of the time it is serious. I think this way, keeps the reader interested. ...read more.

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