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"Rita's education involves a lot more than just learning about books" - To what extend do you agree with this statement

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Introduction

"Rita's education involves a lot more than just learning about books." To what extend do you agree with this statement? 'Educating Rita' is a play written by Willy Russell. This play which is set in England during the eighties is about a twenty-six year old lower class hairdresser who calls herself Rita. Rita longs for freedom from the boredom of her daily routine and thinks that she can gain it by studying for a degree in English Literature from the Open University. Her tutor is Frank, a polite, sceptical professor of literature who has a drinking problem. The education she receives makes her more informed, independent, confident and educated. Yes, I completely agree with the statement that says, "Rita's education involves a lot more than just learning about books," because she also learns many things about life. For example; she learns to believe in herself and in her opinions; she finds out that education isn't everything you need in life and notices the importance of change. Rita also learns a lot from theatres and in summer school. Out of the many thing that Rita learns from books, I am going to talk about the ones we most hear of. At the beginning of the play, Rita studied the play Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen. ...read more.

Middle

M. Foster. FRANK Forster. RITA Oh yeh. What's it like? FRANK Borrow it. Read it. Even though the first time she tried to read 'Howard's End', Rita didn't understand the book, she didn't like it very much and thought it was boring, in the end she was ok with it and understood it. This is what she said about it to Frank in Scene 5 from the first act: I can't do it. Honest, I just can't understand what he's on about. He's got me liked, I don't know what he's on about, 'Only connect, only connect'. It's just bleedin' borin'. It's no good, I just can't understand. Rita also studied Chekhov in summer school (at the end of act one). She talks about him during act two. In her opinion, when she came back from summer school she was "dead familiar with Chekhov". She told Frank how she stood up in the middle of the hall during a lecture to ask a question about Chekhov; she also said they studied him for a few weeks. In summer school Rita also studied William Blake's poetry even though she wasn't supposed to. She recited from memory an extract from one of Blake's poems. ...read more.

Conclusion

She started working in a bistro because she thought that the hairdresser's was boring and monotonous. She even changed her name back to Susan at the end of the play when she realised it had been stupid to change her name to Rita. However, one of the most important things she learns is that choice is what matters and that with choice you can have freedom. By the end of the play she can choose if she wants to go and see her mother, go to Australia with Frank, go to France with Tiger... she also had the choice of having a baby which before she didn't consider because she wanted to discover herself first. Rita also learns other things about life. She realises friendships are essential and, even though education is very important it is not all you need in life. In conclusion, I agree fully with the statement that says "Rita's education involves a lot more than just learning about books," because even though she studies many English writers and poets, and she develops literary skills, Rita also learns many other things about life in this play such as: the importance of choice, to believe in herself and in her opinions, the importance of education and friendships, etiquette and how important choice is. ...read more.

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