The Experience Of Summer School Challenges Ritas Views Of The World. How Does Willy Russell Make This Clear To The Reader With His Use Of Literary Devices And The Culture References In The Play.

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Rita's experience at summer school challenges her views of the world. Before hand, Rita believes that summer school is for educated students. This idealistic view is quickly changed when she begins Open University. Willy Russell uses literary devices and cultural references to make the changes in Rita apparent. Rita feels out of place in the University environment and craves to be able to sit on the grass with the other students."I love that lawn down there, when its summer do the students sit on it?...who?...The proper students...reading and studying."Rita is intelligent but uneducated, and she has idealistic views of the way she should act and what students are like. She has stereotypical views in her mind."Then I'll get a proper dress, the sort of dress you'd only see on an educated woman"At the end of act1 there is a crucial turning point in the play. In act 1 scene 7 Rita starts to buckle down with her school work. Before she first entered Franks office she wanted to talk, now she was ready and willing to read and write about literature."Straight to the desk, she sits in the chair and unpacks the note pad and pencil case."She also, now begins to ask questions,"What does the word 'sorry' mean if its not an apology?"When Rita returns from summer school she has a complete image and attitude change."Rita bursts through the door. She is dressed in new, second-hand clothes"Before summer school starts Rita's search for and education had been a solitary one."I tried to explain, but he didn't understand"Denny wanted Rita to have children and get married. He tries to control her."He was moanin' all the time, y'know 'come of the pill, lets have a baby'."Now she has met other people with the same goal as her, Denny's thoughts become blind to her."He says theres a time for education. An' its not when y' twenty six and married"This shows that her husband is clearly trying to prevent Rita from gaining the knowledge she desires.Rita lacks confidence in her own ability and therefore does not invest the time or energy into her education that she needs to. This is shown when she submits a one word essay or when she has to run back to the salon because she has a customer under the dryer."Well I better get back, I've left a customer with a perm lotion. If I dont get a move on there'll be another tragedy."In the literary world, Frank had been Rita's sole influence and mentor, this means that she has been more than willing to accept all of Franks views and tastes in literature without ever questioning him."You mean that over the years its aquired a certain patina""Do I?"When Rita returns from summer school, she no longer relies on Franks and challenges views. When he mentions Blake, Rita sharply answers with,"Blake? William Blake?"When she mentions that she had studied Blake at summer school, Frank then becomes sort of jealous and takes on a defensive argument;"you weren't supposed to do Blake at summer school, were you?"Ritas return has made her aware of the new...

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