Educating Rita

“To grow and change or resist change”
How does society offer individuals freedom of choice?
Morning class,
Society provides individuals with freedom of choice through education, I will relate my statement to the play “Educating Rita” written by William Russel and my related text “Devil Wears Prada” a modern film directed by David Frankel. The main themes that in incorporated in the play Educating Rita and closely mirrored in the film Devil Wears Prada is self discovery and change.
“The key to change... is to let go of fear.”-Roseanne Cash
In Rita’s case, fear is symbolised by her lack of confidence, which is built up from her family holding her back from the world. She over comes this throughout the play and achieves change through the help of her school. Rita decides to ‘change’ herself through education, she wanted grow out of her normal unintellectual state of mind and blossom into something different, something more. “...I wanted a better way of livin’ me life”. She didn’t like the way she was living her life, and she hated the expectations she had to uphold. Similarly in the DWP, the protagonist Andy a Northwestern University graduate aspiring to be a journalist scores a job “...a million girls would kill for” in the fashion industry as an assistant. Her fear for the materialistic industry gets to her mentality as she does not have any knowledge about fashion, experiences dramatic changes in her lifestyle.
In the opening scene of the play, Rita finds it hard to get through the door to Frank’s office. The door symbolises Rita’s struggle to enter this new life she’s been wanting, but as she grows throughout the movie, she finds it easier to get through the same door, this relates to her getting used to her new life. Another barrier that prevents Rita from achieving change is the glass window overlooking the school lawn where the student sit and mingle. The window acts as a translucent veil that isolates her from the other students. Signs of struggle and...