Discuss the ways in which an individual’s knowledge, values and beliefs develop as they travel into a new world. Transition is the process or period in which someone undergoes a change and passes from one stage to another. Within this time the individual is exposed to new experiences that allow them to grow in maturity and develop a broader understanding of themselves and others. However an individual’s past experiences may also challenge their existing knowledge, values and beliefs. This may either have a negative or positive impact on an individual. In Willy Russell’s play ‘Educating Rita’, Rita explores the growth and change an individual experiences as a result of transitioning into a different society. Through transitioning into the academic world, she gains the courage to challenge social norms and standards to become an individual and make independent decisions. Additionally, moving from one world to another affects the protagonists relationships with others, both positively and negatively. Similarly, the Bush poem ‘Son of mine’ composed by Kath Walker expresses her hope for peace and understanding between the aboriginals and white European settlers. It also conveys her love for her son and wish for a new world of reconciliation. In addition both these texts highlight how an individual’s knowledge values and beliefs develop as they enter a new world. To begin, in Russell’s play ‘Educating Rita’, Rita desires to be able to choose her future as appose to having the restrictive values and beliefs of working class society harmonically imposed upon her. Throughout the play Rita grows with knowledge and changes as a result of moving into the world of education and middle-class society. The personas values and beliefs also alter as a consequence of her transition. When Rita emphasizes that there is no sense in discussing ‘beautiful literature in an ugly voice’, the juxtaposition forces the audience to distinguish the shift in Rita’ knowledge...
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