Essay on Willy Russell's Educating Rita

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Willy Russells "Educating Rita" Educating Rita is a play about a working class girl who is tired of her lifestyle and asks a university tutor to educate her in an attempt to change her ways her life. Her tutor, Frank, shows her the cultures and values of the middle class world as well as teaching her about literature even though he too is tired of his lifestyle. Rita forces herself to change and realises the damage she causes to herself, acting as someone she isn't. Willy Russel writes about the clash of cultures from each of the English classes. In the beginning of the play when Rita and Frank first meet, they hardly understand each other: 'Frank stares at Rita who stands by the desk Frank: You are? Rita: What am…show more content…
These passages further show the misunderstanding between the two characters. It also displays how the media exploit the working class and 'mould' those within it to think and do whatever the media may want them to. In Scene 4 Rita says 'y' know the Daily Mirror an' the Sun an' ITV an' the Unions, what are they tellin' people to do? They just tell people to go out an' get more money, don't they? But they don't want more money. The Unions tell them to go out an' get more money and ITV an' the papers tell them what to spend it on so the disease is always covered up'. This long speech from Rita tells us how the media takes control of her social class, what to do, what dresses to buy and Rita realises that what her social class is being forced into believe is not really what those within it really want and why she feels empty when she buys a new dress, and the reason why there is vandalism and violence, is because people are finding so little meaning to their lives. Willy Russell shows how each class rejects the other when Denny burns all of Rita's books, because she is not behaving in the way expected of her, doing the things expected of her social class and Rita complains that she wants a choice, and believes that this education would give her that choice, 'I told him I'd only have a baby when I had a choice. But he doesn't understand. He thinks we have choice because we can go to a pub that sells eight different types of
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