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Educating Rita - Show how Rita has changed and developed during the course of this play.

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Educating Rita Coursework. "Found a culture have you Rita? Found a better song to sing have you? No you've found a different song that's all and on your lips it's shrill and hollow and tuneless." My intentions within this assignment are to show how Rita has changed and developed during the course of this play. I will give my opinions and views on the choices that she made. Before continuing I feel it is necessary to look at the text and explain the metaphor "singing a better song". This is used in the play on two different occasions; Rita's mother uses it the first time late one night in the pub after thinking that Rita had given up her university studies. Rita was having thoughts of giving up, and enters the pub to join her family and friends. As she stands in the door way she questions herself "why don't I just pack it in an' stay with them, an' join in the singin'?" She briefly joined in the singing. Rita noticed her mother had stopped singing and was sat there crying. Rita asked why she was crying she replies by saying "Because - because we could sing better songs than those." What her mother is really saying is that Rita is too good for them all and that she should go out get an education and a better life. "A better song to sing." ...read more.

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Rita wants to be set free from all of this, to choose to have a baby, to be able to move from the estate and that way of life. Rita wants to change but not on the outside on the inside and she uses her work as a hairdresser and her customers to explain herself by saying "But these women you see, they come to the hairdresser's 'cos they wanna be changed. But if you change y' have to do it from the inside, don't y? Know like I am doin'." Rita is saying that a new hair style or to be styled like a celebrity does not mean that you are that person and cannot make you a new person the only way that can be done is by changing from the inside. Which is exactly what she wants to do. During the play Rita changes and develops. The major change took place at the beginning of her journey and she changed her name from Susan to Rita this was chosen after the author Rita May Brown. This was done hoping that it would impress Frank but unfortunately he had not heard of that particular author, again I feel this displays Rita's naivety and uneducated background due to the fact that Rita May Brown is an author of sexually explicit books which Rita clearly enjoyed. ...read more.

Conclusion

I feel that the audiences really have taken to Rita and this is due to the way Willy Russell has written the play. At the beginning of the play his good use of comic language has made us like Rita because he has made her very funny and very likeable. During the play and her journey we have seen her go through many emotions and the audience has followed her through these times and Willy Russell has used these emotions to manipulate the audience into feeling for her. Going through this journey with Rita at the end we then see the old Rita again but educated when she sits Frank down, gets out her scissors and says to Frank "I'm gonna take ten years off you." I feel this last line brings the audience back if they had any doubt about liking the new Rita. Displaying the amusing side of her again and showing that she has not forgotten who she was. I really like Rita and when finishing it I felt very pleased and happy for her. I definitely think that the new Rita is far better, though I did like the old one. The new Rita has a combination of education and yet still retains a sense of reality and humour. I firmly believe that she has found a better song to sing giving her more confidence, happiness and many more choices she has found her and feels free and able to make a life for herself. She will choose her own destiny. ...read more.

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