Educating Rita Notes

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Into the World

examines how various texts represent stages of growing up and maturation.

transitional phase, marked by new challenges, opportunities and relationships

described as a ‘rite of passage’, a time of change and adaption from one world of experience into another.

offers knowledge, understanding and insight as well as more arduous and difficult consequences.

Worlds encountered are varied as well as the unique and individual ways that people cope with the pressures of moving out ‘into the world’.

When responding to texts, students are to demonstrate the different pathways (worlds and ways of coping) that are available.

Educating Rita - Willy Russell

explores notions of personal growth and self awareness through the transformation and process of change that occurs in Frank and Rita.

the playwright describes the play as “a love story”, although the relationship that unfolds between Rita and Frank is also a story about “literature, language and education”.

an educative relationship between teaching and learning is examined through the transition from ignorance to knowledge and enlightenment.

an educational context is used to explore the development of skills, attitudes, values and outlook that takes place in Frank and Rita.

Frank and Rita’s interaction as teacher and student triggers a re-evaluation of self and their relationship with their world. The bond they form generates the emotional impetus (force) needed to undergo fundamental (so basic as to be hard to alter, resolve, or overcome) change.

this is represented through Rita and Frank’s juxtaposition of class, background, social expectations...
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