• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Frank says to Rita “...To pass exams, you’re going to have to suppress perhaps even abandon your uniqueness. I’m going to have to change you.” How does Rita change during the course of the play?

Extracts from this document...


Frank says to Rita "...To pass exams, you're going to have to suppress perhaps even abandon your uniqueness. I'm going to have to change you." How does Rita change during the course of the play? The main character of the play is Rita. She is a 26-year-old working class, woman from Liverpool, who has not had much of an education. When she was at school, she didn't exactly pay attention in lessons, and she just "followed the crowds." Rita is married to a man called Denny. Denny wants a baby, but Rita does not want this. Rita wants to go to an Open University course. Her ambition is to change herself, and learn as much as possible. She wants to be able to have choices in her life. Her job is as a hairdresser, and she wants to break away from this, and break the routine. Rita changed her name to match the author of her favourite book, "Ruby Fruit Jungle," her original name was Susan. We see Rita undergo many changes during the course of the play, all the time she is becoming more middle class. She not only develops in herself; she also manages to develop some friendships with the people she starts off calling the "proper students." ...read more.


Ritas transformation really begins in this part of the play. Denny found out that Rita was still on the pill, and thought it was a result of her studying at the Open University. Denny gets very angry, and burns all of Ritas books and essays. Rita thinks that Denny thinks that she is having an affair with Frank. Franks tries to comfort her, and suggests they go down the pub. There, is a role reversal between Frank and Rita. Rita in the early stages would have been up for this, as she would not have wanted to learn, but she said "No." He says that they could talk about her and Denny, and Rita says, " I've got to do this. He can burn me books an' me papers but if its all in me head he cant touch it." In a way Denny has moved her on. She realises that she would be stuck with him, but he has made her want to learn more. Even though she feels she wants to learn more since the burning event, she still pries into Frank's business, and asks him why he stopped being a poet, so again she is trying to find more information on him, as she finds him so interesting. ...read more.


Even though the last time she saw Frank, they were arguing, she now feels more positive towards him. Frank remembers the little details of their relationship, and some of the things they did at their first lesson. Rita is overall more confidant with herself, and doesn't feel she has to talk, to hide her nervousness. Through her education, Rita has gained options in her life; she now has choice, which she never had before. She has lost her individuality, and her uniqueness. Rita has a lot more freedom in her life now, and can do a lot more then she could when she did not have an education. She is no longer only able to work as a Hairdresser. She again compares to Shirley as they both escaped their working class lives, but there is still working class in them deep down. They had both tasted the better life, Shirley in Greece, and Rita in the middle class, they both had what they wanted, choice, to do what they wanted. Rita has changed from being very nervous, and talking a lot to cover that, to a more sophisticated woman. When she first started taking lessons, She was Below Frank in education and class. When she had finished her Open University course, she had moved up a class, and had gained a lot more knowledge. She has become and educated and independent woman. MELANIE FREEZER 10R ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Educating Rita section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Educating Rita essays

  1. How and Why Does Rita Change?

    Ironically she begins to smoke again at the end of the play, symbolizing that she does not need to get rid of everything from her past. In Act Two Scene One, she talks about the tutor coming up to her and talking to her about American poets in Summer School.

  2. Educating Rita

    put the music back on or buy another dress an' stop worrying." The dress in this situation is there to hide her emotions and the real Rita is trapped inside. Rita is wearing an 'old' dress and is refusing to buy a new one until she passes her first exam,

  1. Do you think Ritas education is for the better? How does this reflect Russells ...

    Her improved understanding of the middle class leaves her less na�ve and she no longer strives to be a part of what she first saw as a perfect world so she ends up happier in herself. The experience also leaves her open to more opportunities in life which is really the main thing she wanted from it.

  2. Show how Rita's relationship with Frank changes in the course of the play 'Educating ...

    She wants to be able to do what she wants and have choices, rather than being like everyone else in her class who are stuck where they are and aren't happy with where they are, but they can't move on, 'There's like this sort of disease, but no one mentions it; everyone behaves as though it's normal.'

  1. Educating Rita

    Later, she tells him she sees him as an educated man who eats healthy (flora-man --> margarine, pebble dashed bread --> whole meal bread). She says she really wants to succeed and asks for his opinion, he says she's marvellous, as a breath of fresh air, she thinks he's joking

  2. What have frank and rita gained and lost by the end of the play?

    The play explores Rita's second chance to be educated, and her obvious success means that she has fulfilled her potential and become what she sees as an educated person. The end of the enrolment into the Open University and her relationship with Frank left Rita a much better-rounded person.

  1. Educating Rita

    Other characters are referred to like Julia who is Frank's partner, Rita's husband Denny and Trish Rita's flat-mate but we never get to meet them, we only hear about them through Frank and Rita ; because of this Russell had to make the opening scene dramatically effective in order to engage the audience and to grasp their attention.

  2. By referring to scenes of your choice, discuss Ritas changing character.

    Likewise, the social climate also contributes a substantial amount of authenticity to the play as the play reflects the ethos of the time it was written in. The 1960s and 1970s saw the emergence of one of the biggest movements of all time, the rise of feminism.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work