Rita and Frank's Relationship in Educating Rita Essay

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Rita and Frank's Relationship in Educating Rita

At the start of the play, Rita and Frank's personalities clash because Rita is an uneducated girl who has the attitude of the working class. Rita wants to improve herself and her life style. She wants to be in a position where she has choices, the choice to change her life or to stay the way she is, Rita calls it "finding herself." However, Frank on the other hand is a man who has found teaching boring and uninspiring, he has become disillusioned with his life, Rita is like a breath of fresh air thrown into his drab, dreary and very bland life.

Rita and Frank have completely different views on life and the ways of speaking about things. Even their
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Rita then starts to look at a nude print and how she describes it is not typical of someone of her background because she says it is very erotic. This is her trying to put her view across so she sounds partly educated but then she says: 'look at those tits this'; is the way that the people in her estate would describe the picture. The situation is made worse by Frank's obvious embarrassment at the situation, and Rita's inability to put her view across clearly and to recognise Frank's discomfort she persist in her attempts to talk about the nude print.

Rita seems to think that she is a completely different race when compared to the other students. But when Frank states that Rita is the first Open University student that he has taught. Rita turns the joke on Frank by saying "oh great I end up with a beginner!" to this Frank reacts as if she said it seriously. This shows his lack of humour.

Frank tries to have a bit of a joke when Rita asks if it is all right if she smokes and Frank responds with "What tobacco?" Rita does not quite grasp the joke so Frank says "a joke" then Rita explains how she is against drugs because they hide all of your natural emotions. This shows that Rita believes that your true feelings and actions are very important.

Rita asks what assonance means and Frank laughs at her.

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