Educating Rita Essay

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Educating Rita

The play Educating Rita, only has two characters, Frank and Rita, Rita wants to learn literacy, and Frank is her tutor.

The play is set in the 1970's, when there was not a lot of unemployment, and there was plenty of money. Although Rita has everything she needs, she is dis-satisfied with her life, she wants something more. Rita feels that there is no meaning to life, and she wants to find one.

The characters Rita and Frank are two totally different people, Rita is uneducated and common, whereas Frank is educated and well spoken.

I found the play has no specific genre, I found it came under realist, with the issues it covers like divorce, I found it came under comedy, because it made you laugh in places,
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"If your trying to induce some feeling of guilt in me" This shows that they may not get on too well, so Franks girlfriend is trying to make him feel guilty because he cant make it home for dinner, but she didn't succeed very well.

This prepares us for his relationship with Rita by showing us that he may just not get on too well with women, so therefore he may not get on too well with Rita. Or it may mean that he is soon going to be single and available.

When Rita comes into the play she has a problem opening Franks door.
This could be symbolic because it shows that there is a problem between them, and there may be problems between them later on.

When she finally manages to open the door she reacts as if Frank is stupid by not getting it fixed. "Ya wanna get that fixed!" this says to the audience that maybe Rita is a bit annoyed by the fact she couldn't open the door and get in, it may show she is a bit impatient aswell. Or that she likes to joke around a lot.

You can see the difference in their literary tastes by the way Rita reacts to Howard's end. "It sounds filthy doesn't it?" (She is referring to the title 'of human bondage') This shows that she has a rude sense of humour and that she doesn't really understand what the title means. And it also shows that there might be a lot Rita doesn't understand later on in the play.

You can also see the difference in their tastes when Rita starts discussing a poet she'd read
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