How have the text/s you have studied contributed to your understanding about different aspects of growing up and transitions into new phases of life?
Different aspects of growing up and transitions into new phases of life, is about moving “into the world” and the experiences you face while doing this. Willy Russel’s play “Educating Rita” and the film “Legally Blonde” both address the concept of going “into the world.” In “Educating Rita” the main themes of change, social class, education, and choice and sacrifices highlight the different aspects of growing up and transitions into new phases of life, thus going in to the world. The film “Legally Blonde” and the song “Ready, Get Set, Don’t Go” are effective texts that also highlight different aspects of growing up and transitions into new phases of life.
To grow up and make a transition into a new phase of life, change needs to occur, which is one of the central themes explored in “Educating Rita”. Change is an implicit part of going into the world. Rita’s transition into a new phase of life begins in the world of tertiary education. Rita understands that in order to move into the world, change is necessary and inevitable. In order to change, Rita realises that one cannot merely do it from the outside, the change must be total and be from inside to out. In order from Rita to move into the world, the change of Denny her husband leaving home, Rita leaving hairdressing to work in a bistro and making new friends was necessary. Rita’s attitude towards people and ideas also undergo a change which is seen in her relationship with Denny as Denny is unable to accept the change in Rita, resulting in him leaving home. By the end of the play change is reinforced where Frank’s symbolic gift of the dress “for an educated woman and friend” highlights that Rita’s change has given her entry into a new world.
Social class is another significant theme that is addressed in “Educating Rita” which contributes to the understanding of...