Educating Rita


In Willy Russel?s play "Educating Rita," some marks of a love story are to be noticed between both characters. They each show marks of affection for each other. The main aspect of a love story is to have two characters of opposite sex, being attracted to one another. The attraction of two people especially deals with having a relationship. In "Educating Rita," this is not the case because only the male character is attracted to the female. In a love story, both characters are dependent on each other. They cannot live without their mate.
At the beginning of the play, Rita is dependent on Frank, although she is not attracted to him. "What do you want to know? ? Everything." Later on however, she becomes independent, and does not need him to live with. This point in the play divides the love in the story since Rita does not see Frank as often, and seems to care less about him. Throughout the play, Frank has the completely opposite aspect. He doesn?t need her at the beginning, only giving her literature lessons, and after a while, feels very attracted to her and will find it extremely hard to keep on living without her. "Rita. Don?t go."
In the beginning of the play, both characters start out living with someone else. Rita is married and lives with her husband, and Frank lives with his girlfriend. This is unusual, because a love story never starts this way. In a love story, the couple usually agrees on every point discussed, however not always, or generally shares all of their common interests. These two characters do not share all the same common interests. One loves the drink, the other hates it. "Y? wanna be careful with that stuff, it kills y? brain cells."
A perfect example of a love story is "Sleeping Beauty." The two main characters contain all of the characteristics to make a perfect couple. "Romeo and Juliet" is also a very good love story, however ending in a tragedy. In "Educating Rita," the two characters only present a few of these attributes.
The first time that Rita meets Frank, she tells him everything that passes through her mind. She talks about her problems and her future, and tries to learn the most she can about her teacher. Frank respects Rita very much because she tells him everything. He admires her for that quality that he has never seen in any other person. "I think you?re marvelous. Do you know, I think you?re the first breath of air that?s been in this room for years." He loves her freshness, has never met anyone the same as her in his life. He lacks confidence in himself, and therefore tells her to change tutors because he is not good enough to teach her. Frank realizes that Rita is a very pleasant person and she wants to learn a great deal, of which he doesn?t think he can teach her. "I?m actually an appalling teacher? You want a lot, and I can?t give it." However Rita does not want another teacher. She finds it absurd that Frank does not think he?s good enough for her, and tries to convince him to continue teaching him. "You are my teacher ? an? you?re gonna bleedin? teach me." The main reason that Rita says this is because she cares about him, and she adores his intellect and knowledge as well. He will continue to help her discover herself, which is what she wanted, and they become very good friends.
Throughout the play, Frank becomes attracted to Rita in diverse ways. He is physically and emotionally attracted to her. He tries to make her realize this, little by little, but Rita does not seem to notice. "What I?d actually like to do is to take you by the hand and run out of this room forever? Right now there?s a thousand things I?d rather do than teach; most of them with you, young lady?" The main reason that Frank does not tell Rita directly that he has feelings for her is because they have become too good friends, and he does not want to risk disrupting their friendship relationship. However Rita is not attracted to Frank. She is much younger than he is, still has choices to her future in her life, and