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Educating Rita Consider what you understand by education Frank is conventionally educated - a professor - but what he has is lots of knowledge which is academic - out of books - not really practical knowledge for living - everything is second hand He teaches what he knows to others Did he ever thirst for education What was he like before the play Why do you think he has become a disillusioned tired alcoholic now He seems to be cut off from real life unlike Rita who is a very practical woman You need to ask yourself whose life is real Ritas or FRanks And what in fact IS a real life How do you think each character would answer that question - what is a real life Frank has stopped looking at things the picture and Rita is looking at things for the first time -she sees differently because she wants to learn about everything Right at start its obvious that Rita will make Frank see things differently Why Rita is very literal - takes things at face value but has lots of native wit - she knows more about real life than Frank does Knows how people work especially her own type of people What is Ritas type How would Frank perceive that How would Rita perceive Franks type Rita wants to be educated because she says I wanna know She knows she isnt educated yet and dimly realises what education is but her perceptions are stereotypical see p 182 where we see her idea about public school although her knowledge of uneducated people is very sharp see p 173 and 174 also p 177 What Rita wants is to be OUT of her social class For her education is a means of achieving this and shes probably right She instinctively knows she lacks something and thinks a university degree will
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