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Educating Rita - Re-read from the beginning of the scene up to: "Frank: We'll talk about Chekhov and pretend this is a pub."What does this extract reveal about Rita's relationship with her husband and how she is changing? Examine Frank's responses and com

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Context: Act 1, scene 5, pages 51-54 Re-read from the beginning of the scene up to: "Frank: We'll talk about Chekhov and pretend this is a pub." What does this extract reveal about Rita's relationship with her husband and how she is changing? Examine Frank's responses and comment on them. From this extract we can clearly see that Rita chose to follow the Literature course, even though the consequences are annihilating for her marital life. Denny and Rita become more distant. Their marriage entered the course that leads to calamity and they cannot alter to go back. But Rita evidently wasn't aquatint with her own words when she said, "People don't split up because of things like that. Because of literature." This is ironic, since her marriage is being torn by literature. Rita is now discovering and getting to know her self through literature, and Frank is sustaining her in every way. From the beginning of the scene we can sense the strain, due to the dramatic opening, which is unlike any other. Rita used to enter the room and talk but this time, instead, she just stares out of the window motionless. ...read more.

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This emphasizes the different levels of their views of life, due the difference in their education. It is implied that Rita does not love her husband when she avoided giving a direct answer to Frank's question about whether she loves Denny or not. Rita has now devoted herself to literature. She started discovering herself and she feels excited, enthusiastic, refreshed and more eager to learn. Education made her more aware of her world. So she wants a spiritual change and does not care about material goods, like her husband. She is even more passionate about literature, "if you touch my Peer Gynt I'll kill y'." We realize that she recognizes the irreversible change of education when she says that she is not the same girl as she used to be when she married Denny and she never will be. Furthermore, after her husband burns her books, she becomes even more confident and determined to succeed, 'He can burn me books an' me papers but if it's all in me head he can't touch it." What is more, she does not want to go to the pub with Frank, but talk about Chekhov and continue her tutorial. ...read more.

Conclusion

This suggests that he feels Rita close to her and reflects her troubles as his. It proves how much he has been affected by Rita's problems as well, and shows that he does not care as much for himself as he does for Rita. From Frank's responses I believe that even though he worried about Rita and the argument with her husband and tried to help her by analyzing the problem, he secretly wishes that he were the cause of their problems. He cared about Rita enough to try to help her overcome her difficulty but because he was attracted to her, he wanted to believe that he was seen as a threat to her husband's eyes because he furtively hoped that Rita liked him too and they had a chance together. Rita is a woman who just wants what today we take for granted: education. She is self-willed and strong-minded and resists her husband's attempts to prevent her from going to her tutorials. Her inner self is brought to the surface as she absorbs more knowledge insatiably and feels free as she discovers herself. She is even willing to sacrifice her wedding for that "discovering" and becomes more determined to learn when Denny burns her books. So must we pursue our liberty and independence and by no means give up because of an external obstacle, like Rita does. ...read more.

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