Rita and Frank’s Relationship in Educating RitaAt the start of the play, Rita and Frank’s personalities clash becauseRita is an uneducated girl who has the attitude of the working class.Rita wants to improve herself and her life style. She wants to be in aposition where she has choices, the choice to change her life or tostay the way she is, Rita calls it “finding herself.” However, Frankon the other hand is a man who has found teaching boring anduninspiring, he has become disillusioned with his life, Rita is like abreath of fresh air thrown into his drab, dreary and very bland life.
Rita and Frank have completely different views on life and the ways ofspeaking about things. Even their accents are different. They each uselanguage in a completely different way, Frank will decorate hissentences with long words, which Rita finds hard to understand, but isfascinated by it.
Frank seems to find life boring and treats it as if he has done it allbefore. Frank has a serious drink problem he uses this to drown outhis mundane life. He is unable to cope with his life and is incapableof changing it, so he uses alcohol as an emotional crutch to givesupport and hide behind.
Frank and Rita are two prime examples of ‘the grass is greener on theother side’, each one is on the side that the other wants to be on,and they are using each other to get to where they want to go.
When Rita first walks in to the office, Frank says, “and you are?”Rita misunderstands him and replies, “I’m a what?” in response to thisquestion thinking that Frank was suggesting she was a thing. Thisshows Rita’s naivety in the use of the English la…
… becracking jokes and not talking seriously. This shows Rita has grown inconfidence and no longer needs humour to cover her inhibitions. Shehas become a self-assured and confident person Frank is now relaxedand can talk to Rita comfortably. Frank seems changed in the way hetalks. In asking Rita to come with him to Australia he is showing thatafter all of the rows he still likes Rita’s company and he doesn’twant to lose that company. It also shows he has lost some of hisinhibitions.
This play is all about two different people who start off with ateacher student relationship, and don’t get on much, then theirrelationship evolves, and they start to complement each other andbecome the best of friends and then go their separate ways: each adifferent but better, more complete person, for meeting each other.