Educating Rita Compare and Contrast Essay

1411 Words Dec 14th, 2005 6 Pages
"Educating Rita" is the semi-autobiography of playwright Willy Russell. The play was inspired by Russell's experiences at evening classes. Much of the comedy arises from Rita's fresh, unschooled reaction to the classics of English literature. But she is never patronized by the Russell, who recognizes from his own experience that education is a means of escape from one's own circumstances. "Educating Rita" takes the lives of two people on the opposite ends of the social spectrum and brings them together in the pursuit of education. It is a small intimate play, but it tells a story of big ideas; ideas close to Willy Russell's heart. There is a lot of humor in the writing, but it is also a serious play about class and choice. The play …show more content…
This scene is depicted in an exaggerated manner in the movie. There is even one scene in the movie that does not happen in the play, it is made up completely: The marriage of Rita's little sister. The fact that the audience meet with only two characters in the play is limiting in the sense that a lot of information is implicit or even withheld. In the book the only persons who appear are Rita and Frank and we only get to know Julia, Frank's girlfriend, by a telephone call, where we do not even "hear" her. The readers can only assume what she is saying. But, in one of the first scenes of the film, Julia herself comes to Frank to ask him about dinner. At that time the viewers can also see that Julia and Frank work in the same university, whereas in the book there is no hint of what Frank's girlfriend is doing except looking after food. The movie also shows that Julia has an affair with a married man, who is actually a friend of Frank. The character of her lover is not mentioned in the book at all. I think the role of Julia's lover has the purpose of adding some fun to the film. Because every time when he and Julia meet, they finally always kiss each other and Frank enters unexpectedly. The lover runs to the telephone and pretends calling his publisher. During those phone calls he always argues with his imagined partner about the publishing date of his book. One time when Frank enters his

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