Comparison between Pygmalion and Educating Rita Both of the plays are about one woman's ascent from the lower class of London to a better life, in the middle class.
Although Rita likes her new life, Eliza would rather get back to her old life with her friends and the job as a flower girl.C Property rights, language, culture, and local laws are the most important concerns. The two girls are direct and unabashed to the people they talk to and they have an enormous temper which is added to their wild, hysterical and also sensible characters. Rita wants to explore herself and learn, that is why she goes to University to find a tutor to help her learn Rita also meets her new friends in summer camp during an interval between Act one and Act two. Independence has given Rita the knowledge of how to support herself and most importantly of all, choice. Moreover an indication for his dissipation can be found in Act I, Scene 6 where Frank explains the difference between tragedy and tragic. Franks reaction to this is bitter with jealousy which drives Rita further away from him. Willy Russell makes this clear by the language the characters use. In the play "Educating Rita" the main character, Rita, plans to go to Open University, it is her dream to become educated. Rita has no graduation and married early, the typical old school housewife. During this period frank has stopped drinking, or at least cut down. At the time, Margaret Thatcher was in dominance as Prime Minister. Unlike Rita, Frank is a completely different personality. In comparison to this, Eliza, in Pygmalion, simply wants to have her own flower shop and her meeting with Higgins is a coincidence.
Denny wants Rita to have a baby but Rita is on a pill to stop from having a baby, but Denny does not know about it, but then finds out later in the play. She does not want to deal with her lower class life anymore and wishes to get a better and higher profession than just being a hairdresser.
Despite the huge argument in scene 5 there is still a bond connecting Frank and Rita together in the play. As Rita settles into her new routine she begins to experience problems with her husband, Denny. Frank and Rita are completely different characters, because they have different social backgrounds.
Rita and Franks first meeting in the play involved a rather dramatic and rude entrance by Rita who bossed Frank around and swore drawing attention onto her.
In the following the language the characters use and the personality created by the language will be discussed. Any friendship between the two seems unlikely, but they quickly warm to one another as first appearances show.
Frank accepts the apology because he obviously still wants to remain friends with Rita or possibly more because he asks her to come to Australia with him.
The interval between Act one and two symbolises the disintegration of their relationship and the changes taking place in Rita.