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In 'Educating Rita' Willy Russell writes about a working class women who wants to change and become educated

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GCSE English Literature Coursework Modern Drama Unit Educating Rita: Willy Russell In 'Educating Rita' Willy Russell writes about a working class woman who wants to change and become educated, as she believes that by becoming educated it will let her forget and move away from her life at the moment. The only setting in Educating Rita is in Frank's office. Frank is a middle class gentleman, who lectures in English, at a university, and he is an alcoholic. He is about to start teaching Rita at an Open University. Rita is going to be studying English. Willy Russell gives Rita, a working class woman, colloquial speech, and wants to learn, whilst he gives Frank, a middle class gentleman, standard English, who is conventionally educated. This tells us, even before we have started reading the play, that there is a difference between the two characters. The first scene, Act One Scene One, begins with Frank looking behind some books, searching for some alcohol, that he had hidden earlier. The telephone rings and Frank answers it. ...read more.


Rita wants to learn everything, to help higher herself in the social class scale. God, what's it like to be free Rita said this as she was looking, out of the window, down at the students on the grass who are at university. This tells us that Rita wants to change and is frustrated by her life and class, and wants to leave it all behind and start again. She is trying to change by getting an education, and becoming clever. In Act Two Scene One, we learn that Rita has been to summer school. Between act one scene on and act two scene one we can see significant changes have taken place in Rita, and she is now more educated and near the end of her journey. Through-out Act Two Scene One Frank is picking up on things that Rita has done, with-out telling him. Frank doesn't like Rita not telling him what she is up to, as to him this seems as she is moving away from him, and will soon leave. Frank's feelings about Rita have increased from just being friends, and know Frank is being to love Rita. ...read more.


Let's open a window This is symbolic because it is representing that she wants to open up new horizons, and expand from just being in Frank's office. She wants to let fresh air in the room, which tells us that she almost out growing Frank, and that she needs something to let her knowledge expand even more. Rita is now able to used mature language naturally. She has developed her education, and has made new friends who are higher up in society. In meeting new people Rita has become more confident, and she now feels young and free. By reading this play, I have learnt that, if you want to do something very much, you can do it. Even though Frank's middle class life seems idiom and well from the outside, Rita actually had a happier life, as a lower class citizen. Even though Rita though at first that Frank had a better life. This passes over a message that people who are higher up, and seem to have more of a relaxing and easy life, aren't always as happy as people think. It can be better if you take something smaller but happier, than if u take something large, that can seem better, but isn't always. ...read more.

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