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Educating Rita deals with many cultural issues Some of these are addressed in a serious manner while others are presented humorously By such cultural issues the play is given an ambiguous tone with a mood which is serious yet in many places comic By examining examples of both comic and serious points we may understand more clearly which are more effective and central to the play as a whole At very beginning of Educating Rita the cultural differences between Frank and Rita are illustrated Frank asks Rita her name in a manner which is natural for a Middle Class man You are Rita doesnt understand and returns What am I Even after Frank repeats the question Rita still doesnt understand Im a what Presently Rita shows us again how different her background is from Franks No respectable member of Middle Class Society would describe a religious nude painting as erotic Rita declares Look at those tits Of course it is most unlikely that this painting was the pornography of its day Working Class Culture is again apparent in Rita with its sexual innuendoes a very short while after the first incident Rita declares that Howards End sounds filthy Rita interprets the title Howards End with Working Class allusions which are most unfitting for such a book This misunderstanding is rather amusing for the audience but less so for Frank We do not have to wait much longer for Rita to misunderstand Frank again Frank refers to the renowned poet Yeats Rita though assumes that he is talking about quite another Yeats Yeats The wine lodge Most predictably Working Class Culture shows itself again in Rita a little later on Again Rita judges a book by its title incorrectly with sexual connotations In fact the content of the book could not be further removed from Ritas expectations Rita decides that Of Human Bondage sounds dead perverted One may be sure that Somerset Maugham was thinking of
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