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How Does Willy Russel Portray The Change in Rita in The Play Educating Rita

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How Does Willy Russel Portray The Change in Rita in The Play "Educating Rita" 'Educating Rita' A play set in the 1980s we meet Rita a 26-year-old Hairdresser from Liverpool. Rita has a great desire to learn she feels she wants to know herself, as she has no idea who she is, she is currently working as a hairdresser but she knows she wants more but hides this desire with the buying of materialistic items. Rita's husband Denny very much wants a baby as at the age they are the social expectation is to have a had a baby and be married, but Rita wants to know herself first so hides her birth control pills and takes them secretly. Rita "wants a better way to live her life" this to her husband Denny means a new house or an open plan sitting room as you see him constructing in the play. However, a better way to live her life to Rita means an education a new 'High Brow' lifestyle not just a new house in Formby, as her husband suggests. ...read more.


Firstly, Frank asks Rita "do you know Yeats" Rita immediately thinks he means "the wine lodge". This shows the difference in cultures how Franks lifestyle includes reading and writing poetry Rita's lifestyle includes drinking and going to wine lodges. At this point in the play Rita makes her first attempts at learning and is easing her way into the Open University. Rita oils the stuck door handle this symbolises that she is easing the way for a working class women getting into university this symbolises her determination to learn and beat stereotypes. Rita walking into the office looks out the window and says "I love that lawn down there, when its summer do they sit on it?" Rita is talking about the university students the "Proper students" Rita has had desire to learn ever since she was a child but the social expectation was to not or they "might have to write an essay on it" So she would just ignore it. ...read more.


Rita at summer school almost changes entirely she stops covering up the lack of knowledge with humour and makes an attempt to get that knowledge. Rita changes her personality on the inside and outside she gets a new wardrobe, as she knows who she is, has reformed in a way. Rita has finally found herself through English literature Frank does not like this change "I think ill change my name, from now on I insist on being called Mary Shelley do you understand that allusion Rita?" This allusion that frank is Mary Shelley gives you the idea that frank feels he has created a monster like Mary Shelley's novel 'Frankenstein' Franks feels he has drifted away form the working class Rita he knew " I don't want to talk irrelevant rubbish anymore" Irrelevant rubbish is something that was the only thing Rita had to talk about. Rita knows she now has choices something she has never experienced. "I might go to France. I might go to me mothers I might even have a baby" This says that Rita has found herself and has become an educated objective person. 1 Tom Cattani 10BD ...read more.

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