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To what extent is "Educating Rita" a play about being trapped? You may refer to the text and film in your answer.

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To what extent is "Educating Rita" a play about being trapped? You may refer to the text and film in your answer. Altaf Korimbocus In this essay I will comment on how this play is about being trapped play. William Russell was born in Whiston, just outside Liverpool, in 1947. At primary school he enjoyed reading, football and gardening, these were the only subjects he liked, but at his secondary school he was consigned to the factory fodder D stream. It was in this surprising environment that he conceived the idea of being a writer. His only experience of factory work caused him to fail to obtain a printing apprenticeship, so his mother suggested he trained to be a women's hairdresser, he worked as a woman's hairdresser for five years eventually running his own salon. After this he was seeking a career that would give him a greater opportunity to write, he decided to become a student, having now passed O Level English at night class. No Local Education Authority would give him a bursary, so he spent some time girder cleaning at Fords in order to fund his college O and A level studies. In 1970 he trained as a teacher. "Educating Rita" is one of the books he has written. ...read more.

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We don't just sympathise with him but we also pity him because he drinks to get rid of his problems. The difference between pity and sympathy, are that pity is a feeling we have as a result of other people's suffering and pain, whereas sympathy is mutually understanding other peoples feelings. We sympathise with Frank because he feels left out after Rita has returned from summer school. After Rita recites a poem Frank says in shock and disbelief, "You know it!" After this we find out that Rita has learnt all she needs to know in summer school. Frank feels left out because he feels that Rita no longer needs him, he is also feeling that he has change Rita into almost a completely different person from the Rita he knew when he first met her; this makes him feel trapped because he feels that he has turned her into a normal average pupil just like the rest, basically he is back where he started before he met Rita. Each character has learnt different things. Rita has learnt to be more independent and has learnt from Frank, and vice versa. In this play there are three main themes. They deal with personal relationships between the characters and the culture clash between the characters and education. ...read more.

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Rita is feed up of other people making her choices for her like Denny wanting her to have a baby, "He thinks we have choice already, choice between Everton an Liverpool, choosing which washing powder... I told him I'd only have a baby when I have choice." Through this Frank is showing that we are trapped without choice, with no choice we can go nowhere, or at least not where we want to, he is showing that we have to make are own choices. Frank's education had got his doing a job that he does not like doing; in the film this is shown when Frank turns up to one of his lectures drunk showing that he does not like doing what he does. He is trapped in his job because of he education he has got. Russell also uses dramatic techniques such as having a very effective opening and ending to the play, only having two actual characters in one setting, use of humour and in the film the addition of extra scenes and characters. Russell makes the opening and ending of the play successful by making it entertaining and humorous. Russell opens the start of the play with frank looking as if he is looking for a book but he is actually looking for a bottle of drink. ...read more.

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