Educating Rita Essay
Usa Padgate *
Educating Rita is a play written by Willy Russell, an English playwright from
Liverpool. It was voted ‘Best Comedy of the Year’ when performed by the
Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980. By 1983 it had risen to be the fourth most popular play on the British stage. In the same year it was transformed into a film and won the BAFTA Best Film Award as well as Academy Award nominations, proving its appeal and popularity on both sides of the Atlantic.
This paper aims at introducing Willy Russell’s work to fresh audience, especially students who are looking for reasons to acquaint themselves with
English literature and teachers whose interests lie in finding …show more content…
As Rita progresses academically, she loses the naturalness and spontaneity she once possessed. Instead she learns and adopts the necessary things that enable her to ‘talk about things that matter’— calculated and pretentious things that a cynical yet somewhat realistic person like her tutor disdains. Frank witnesses Rita’s transformation in sad abhorrence. In the process of becoming educated, Rita has lost the uniqueness that Frank most admires.