So I put him straight”, the uneducated Rita wouldn’t have had th... ... middle of paper ... ... me mother’s, I might even have a baby. I dunno, I’ll make a decision, I’ll choose.” This shows how Rita is at a point where she can choose what to do next, she is confident and although she admits the exam might have been “worthless” it still gives her a choice. Her education has given her the chance to take control of her own life. I think Willy Russell clearly shows how education can change people and how others around them react to the changes, that’s one of the main themes of the play. Willy Russell grew up in a place where he wasn’t expected to learn or be anything more then a factory worker and he saved up money and took a course to help him become a writer.
Educating Rita by Willy Russell explores the value of education, but also the wider education that takes place and how to use that education to your greatest benefit; not only during the school education but also the looking at the surrounding world. Rita, an uneducated lady, is unhappy with the limitations of her social class and feels that to escape the limitations she needs to get a properly recognised education. She therefore decides to do an Open University course in English literature. This she believes will greatly increase the horizons of her life and remove some of the limitations that she feels are imposed upon her. She wants to learn everything but soon discovers that even education has its limits.
The play is centred on two main characters, Frank, a middle class, alcoholic University tutor and Rita, a working class, scouse hairdresser, who are very different. Rita decides to enrol on an Open University English Literature course in order to try to create a better life for herself. Her tutor for this course is Frank. However at first Frank tells Rita to find a new tutor, but Rita refuses and they continue to work together. Frank's fondness for Rita continues to grow over time and he warms to her and her witty, individualistic nature.
Yet they realise that they can't keep their relationship together and they must both brake off their own separate ways. In this play I feel both Frank and Rita have learned a lot about life. In fact despite Frank being the teacher and Rita being the student, Frank learnt just as much about life as Rita if not more. Rita learnt that being educated gives you more opportunities for life as she now has a choice what she does with her life. Frank learns that he is not as bad at teaching than he thought he was, he also leant that you cannot make anyone be your friend.
Initially she does not understand how to write about it and produces a 'crap' essay. Frank explains that the essay is not bad in terms of a personal response to the play but it does not fulfil the criteria of the course she is doing. Rita accepts this and resolves to write the essay again. Rita's education goes far beyond just reading and responding to books however. When she first comes to the university she is impressed and even a little intimidated by the intelligent people she sees around her.
She is stuck in a void, which if she is to break through she must discard all that is holding her back. In this essay I wish to examine Rita's feeling towards herself and others at the end of the first Act, and how she values her new levels of education. As the play progresses the audience feels that Rita is becoming more confident as well as furthering her education, she is willing to sacrifice those close to her including Denny and their marriage to achieve her ultimate goal." I got home from work, he'd packed me case." Education has possessed Rita to the extent that she is unwilling even to discuss the mater or comprise in anyway, "in the circumstances I need to go on" she is unwilling to discuss her current state with Frank, she is determined and does not take offence at a direct approach.
She wants Frank to teach her "everything" so she can change from the person she is now; to the sort of person she wants to be. The play is the story of their relationship and the way it develops both as teacher-student and on a more pers... ... middle of paper ... ...f the play, by concluding Rita's change, Frank's feelings towards her and his final acceptance of the person she now is. Frank used to be attracted to her, and thought her to be a very interesting character, whereas now, she has none of the traits which attracted him to her, and so he now purely sees her as a friend, however he is still uneasy about what the future holds. Throughout the play, we see how Frank's feelings change from being attracted to her, to being cold and arrogant towards her in scene two of the second act. The ending Russell has chosen however, has no definite conclusion, and lets us imagine what might happen between the two characters in the future.
At the end of Act 2 scene 1 Rita uses higher vocabulary words and recites a poem by William Blake. She explains the Frank how they covered Blake at summer school and Frank is a bit shocked but also disappointed that he cannot teach her Blake. Frank thinks more of Rita than just her tutor and friend, he has stronger feelings for Rita but she does not notice at all. Rita and Frank have become closer; the audience knows Frank has feelings for Rita although she does not. Rita’s change in Character makes her more exciting and willing, but Frank seemed to like her better in Act 1 scene 1.
The two seem to swap roles because Frank used to tell Rita things and she would try and understand it, but the return from summer school shows that she has memorised Blake poetry and has significantly changed. Rita is driven by the need for education, having realised that life has more to offer then her ordinary existence in the hairdressing salon. Rita says to Frank that b... ... middle of paper ... ...that there is only one thing for her to do to thank him so he sits down and the audience gets the impression of something sexual about to happen but Rita gets a pair of scissors and begins to cut Franks hair. In this scene the dramatic device used is one for humour. Educating Rita is mainly about a character trying to find the right words to express herself, and as she becomes more educated Rita learns to adapt her language to different audiences.
They change for the better, and both learn lifelong lessons throughout these changes, such as John who learns to trust himself and that in the end, integrity is all that really matters. Elizabeth learns to love and forgive not only herself, but others as well. They are both dynamic in the sense that they have opposite personalities then what they had at the beginning of the play. People can relate to Proctor and Elizabeth because change is inevitable and realistic, while not changing like Parris, who is never heard from again when being voted off minister of the church, and Abigail, a girl hungry for attention, is unrealistic and not the route people want to take. Perhaps Abigail and Parris will never find their true meaning in life.