“Into the World”
The play, ‘Educating Rita’ by playwright Willy Russell. Introduction
Themes and quotes
Rita sets herself on a course of discovering a new her and has determination to control her own life and make her own choices. She believes only education can provide her with these choices. Therefore, her goal is to gain a university education and she successfully achieves this gradually throughout the play.
Rita tells Frank about her school years, “If I’d started takin’ school seriously I would have had to become different from me mates, an’ that’s not allowed”. Rita felt it was an obligation to follow the way her friends around her acted and lived their lives, until she realises being educated was a way out, because education for Rita is the only way to fulfil her desire to overcome the working class background.
In the beginning, Rita states she wants to learn about “everything” and now she is able and can talk about “everything”.
The composer illustrates Rita’s situation and developments through clothing.
Rita tells Frank about the women who come into her hair salon; they only change themselves externally and following with what is popular, such as, a new hairstyle or new clothing. But she realises you have to change yourself internally to really change yourself. For example, “That’s the point when y’ have to decide whether its gonna be another change of dress or change in yourself”. Gain and loss
On the way of becoming educated Rita had to make sacrifices and had to give up her old world but she gains a better, freer world and culture. Rita’s main enormous gain was education, which has given her a new life and changes her entirely, both internally and externally. As she develops through the play, education involves a move out of her social class. This can be seen as a loss for her, but from moving out...