Educating Rita (FFA) By Willy Russell

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It can be said that certain-challenges of life affect the individual’s relationship with others, and most importantly in growing from old self. Challenges in life such as social expectation, personal improvement and institutional guidance inevitably provide growth and change in an individual. Therefore, it is clear that change is an important vehicle for moving “into the world”. This is clearly demonstrated in the play Educating Rita (ER), by Willy Russell. By gaining more education and experiences in her new social circle, the protagonist Rita undergoes personal and socio-economic change. Similarly, Flowers For Algernon (FFA) by Daniel Keys portrays a mentally retarded young man Charlie Gordon, whose life is completely altered when he becomes…show more content…
This is demonstrated through Rita’s change in attitude towards her tutor Frank. As the drama progresses (act 2 scene 3) there is a conflict in which Rita indirectly rejects Frank’s stubbornness, due to her uplift in the education and also experiences a better social class than a working class. As Rita says “there’s nothing of your views in there”. Rita is completely denying all the knowledge that Frank has, and she also tries to upset Frank by telling him that his ideas are not to date. In contrast to Rita’s previous admiration about Frank, when she talks about her flatmate Trish “Y’know she’s dead classy. Y’know like, she’s got taste, y’know like you, Frank…” This conflict portrays that Frank use to be a catalyst for Rita, and she use to admire Frank so much, believes that Frank is “trendy”. However, in this scene Rita rejects him. In effect, the single person who prompted and pushed her to transcend her social boundaries ironically becomes an obstacle she must overcome in order to . This is also created by Rita’s desire of becoming a part of the educated class. Rita’s arrogance grows towards the end of the drama when she says to Frank “I know what clothes to wear, what wine to buy, what plays to see, what papers and books to read.” Russell applied repetition in this quote to emphasise the confidence, perhaps the pride that Rita is going through compared to the beginning of the drama. Even though Frank’s intention is to prevent Rita from facing future class struggles by gaining too much education. As well as the peculiar diction used by Rita shows the complete growth for her through out the play, and the support that she got from institution of

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