Educating Rita

From this extract we can clearly see that Rita chose to follow the Literature course, even though the consequences are annihilating for her marital life. Denny and Rita become more distant. Their marriage entered the course that leads to calamity and they cannot alter to go back. But Rita evidently wasn’t aquatint with her own words when she said, “People don’t split up because of things like that. Because of literature.

” This is ironic, since her marriage is being torn by literature. Rita is now discovering and getting to know her self through literature, and Frank is sustaining her in every way.From the beginning of the scene we can sense the strain, due to the dramatic opening, which is unlike any other.

Rita used to enter the room and talk but this time, instead, she just stares out of the window motionless. Then she elucidates why she does not have the essay by informing Frank about the argument she had with Denny. Her essay, together with all the Chekhov books Frank lent her, were burnt by Denny when he realized that Rita was on the pill, as he saw her prescription. This desperate action helps the audience to realize Denny’s frustration that reached its peak.He did not approve of her education so he resulted in that action.

We can also see that there is lack of trust and sincerity between them. Rita is secretly on the pill, and Denny is jealous and thinks she is having an affair, “I wouldn’t put it past you to shack up with a foreigner. ” This demonstrates Denny’s ignorance about literature and the gap of education between him and Rita since he implies that Rita is having an affair with Anton Chekhov. Accordingly it illustrates the division between the couple. Furthermore, we learn that Denny brings her presents sometimes.

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This highlights his desperation, since he results in this action by hoping that the old Rita, the “girl he married” will “come back” but we know that Rita’s change is irreversible, and no matter how many times he attempts to bring her back, he will fail, “But she cant, because she’s gone, an’ I’ve taken her place. ” Moreover we can witness the deficiency of understanding between them. Rita strongly feels that literature is “providin’ [her] with life itself. ” She believes that Denny is unjustified for not being to recognize and value that.

She feels that he is depriving her, her life due to his selfish requirements.Additionally Rita wants to have a “choice” before she has a baby. A choice which will affect her spiritual being. She wants a choice of having a quality and cultural life. But Denny misinterprets and thinks that they do have a choice- a materialistic choice, “He thinks we’ve got choice because we can go into a pub that sells eight different kinds of lager. ” This emphasizes the different levels of their views of life, due the difference in their education. It is implied that Rita does not love her husband when she avoided giving a direct answer to Frank’s question about whether she loves Denny or not.

Rita has now devoted herself to literature. She started discovering herself and she feels excited, enthusiastic, refreshed and more eager to learn. Education made her more aware of her world. So she wants a spiritual change and does not care about material goods, like her husband. She is even more passionate about literature, “if you touch my Peer Gynt I’ll kill y’. ” We realize that she recognizes the irreversible change of education when she says that she is not the same girl as she used to be when she married Denny and she never will be.

Furthermore, after her husband burns her books, she becomes even more confident and determined to succeed, ‘He can burn me books an’ me papers but if it’s all in me head he can’t touch it. ” What is more, she does not want to go to the pub with Frank, but talk about Chekhov and continue her tutorial. This suggests that she more defiant and firm when it comes to her education as well as more serious and interested and she will not give up due to one obstacle in the way. She feels that literature is “providin’ [her] with life itself” and she now feels more “alive” than ever and she can “breathe”.This suggests to the audience that before she felt entrap but now with the help of literature she feels free. Even though she finds it rather “selfish” that all she wants is to discover herself she expects her husband to realize that and accept her change. The language she is using to express herself is more advanced and sophisticated.

This, too, shows the effect the education has on her. It is implied that she does not have much affection and love towards her husband. Frank at the beginning of the scene appears to be impatient because Rita did not give him her essay, but she was staring out of the window.

But when Rita describes to him what had happened he is being sympathetic and compassionate, “Sod the books. ” Furthermore he tells her that “perhaps [her] husband thinks [she ] is having an affair with [him]. ” This proves that he secretly wishes that he was the reason for the marital breakdown. We can see that Frank is forcing her to analyze her relationship with Denny when he asks her if she loves her husband.

This demonstrates his concern about Rita, as he is trying to find the real root of her and Denny’s problem.Frank also gives the choice to abandon the course for the sake of her marriage, “When art and literature begin to take the place of life itself, perhaps it’s time to… ” and asks her if she wants to go to the pub to discuss about what happened instead of having a tutorial, but she refuses. By the end of the extract, Frank needs a drink.

This suggests that he feels Rita close to her and reflects her troubles as his. It proves how much he has been affected by Rita’s problems as well, and shows that he does not care as much for himself as he does for Rita.From Frank’s responses I believe that even though he worried about Rita and the argument with her husband and tried to help her by analyzing the problem, he secretly wishes that he were the cause of their problems. He cared about Rita enough to try to help her overcome her difficulty but because he was attracted to her, he wanted to believe that he was seen as a threat to her husband’s eyes because he furtively hoped that Rita liked him too and they had a chance together. Rita is a woman who just wants what today we take for granted: education.She is self-willed and strong-minded and resists her husband’s attempts to prevent her from going to her tutorials. Her inner self is brought to the surface as she absorbs more knowledge insatiably and feels free as she discovers herself. She is even willing to sacrifice her wedding for that “discovering” and becomes more determined to learn when Denny burns her books.

So must we pursue our liberty and independence and by no means give up because of an external obstacle, like Rita does.