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The question I am asked is whether or not I agree with this statement. The essay I am writing is about contemporary playwright Willy Russell's critically acclaimed and much admired play, Educating Rita.

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'Rita's successful education is the reason for the failure of her relationship with Frank.' The question I am asked is whether or not I agree with this statement. The essay I am writing is about contemporary playwright Willy Russell's critically acclaimed and much admired play, Educating Rita. This play is hard to put into any certain genre, it is funny, as in a comedy, but also sad, and this is also a tale of success against the odds. Perhaps the main reason that this play is so realistic, and henceforth translates well to television is that the story is based on Willy Russell's own experiences. The book is set in one place only, the office of Frank, a university lecturer and Open University tutor. The main (and only!) characters are; the aforementioned Frank and Rita, a working class twenty six year old hairdresser who desires an education in literature. ...read more.

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the pub after work to be a good way to have fun, and thinks that Rita should abandon her attempts at an education and have a baby with him. Rita is finally given an ultimatum by him, and he decides that "...either she stop [going to Frank's sessions] and come off the pill or leave altogether". This is all leading up to her overall metamorphosis. Rita is, at this stage, changing slowly, and Frank is very pleased with fruits of his labour. The critical point of the book, in terms of Rita's change in character, is the beginning of Act Two. The book is cunningly split into two Acts, the first of which is devoted to the "old" Rita, and the second of which is devoted to the "new" Rita. This divide reinforces the change in Rita, and is unnoticeable to people who are not "switched on" this is a very clever technique. ...read more.

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He may have been angry with Rita; in that he feels her "insight" is nothing more than collection of meaningless jargon. Whichever reason, Frank is becoming depressed, and is drinking a large quantity of alcohol. He feels Rita no longer cares about their sessions, and Rita comes back by saying she no longer needs Frank, the "self-pitying piss artist". Frank then goes back to the point she had made about her mother, saying she has not found a "better song" merely a different one. Rita passes her exam with flying colours, whereas Frank is "banished" to Australia. Rita is thankful to Frank for her success, and in light of mutual good fortunes, they part on friendly terms. In conclusion, I must say I do in part believe it was Rita's success that spoilt their relationship, but not in the way the question suggests. I believe that the reason for the breakdown in relationships, was Frank's jealousy of her success. ...read more.

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