Into The World- Educating Rita
“Into the World” represents stages of growing up and maturation similar to moving on into the next stage of life. The transitional journey involves gaining knowledge, understanding and insight with difficult and challenging consequences which can be both positive and negative. Barriers and problems might get in the way when moving into the world and overcoming these barriers can be forced upon an individual. The concept and meaning “Into the World” are explored in the play “Educating Rita” by Willy Russell and the film “Muriel’s Wedding” by P. J. Hogan.
The transitional journey can be difficult and challenging when moving in to the world because there are a lot of ups and downs. The two protagonists, Rita and Frank, go through a transformation process involving personal growth. In Act 1 Scene 1, when Rita tells Frank how much she wants to learn in the course, as she quoted “because I wanna know- [said] Rita, “What do you want to know? – [asked] Frank, “Everything”- [said] Rita. That indicates a new phase of her life, a phase that builds her attitude to change. This phase also marks the beginning of a new direction for Rita and Frank.
Rita sees education as the way that will help her grow, give her choice and allow her to enter a ‘better’ world. When Denny, Rita’s Husband, burnt all of her Chekhov books, it shows Denny’s disagreement of Rita seeking “life” in education and it indicates how desperately Denny wants the old Rita and how Rita’s transition into an educated women scares everyone who is close to her. In Act 1 Scene 7, when Rita and Frank discuss why Rita didn’t go to the dinner party that Frank invited her to, Rita quotes “I’m a freak, I can’t talk to the people I live with anymore.
An’ I can’t talk to the likes of them on Saturday, or them out there, because I can’t learn the language. I’m a half-caste. ” This highlights the barriers society can impose on an individual who wants to move ‘into the world’. Rita can no longer fit in with her own crowd anymore so it makes her more determined to become educated. In Act 1 Scene 8, Rita quoted “I got home from work, he’d packed me case. He said either I stop comin’ here an’ come off the pill or I could get out altogether”. Denny has told Rita that she must choose between an education and her marriage.
This shows the personal cost of her transition to an educated woman. When Rita came back from summer school she had become fully educated and she became less dependent on Frank as Tutor. Now Rita’s Transition is fully complete. In the film ‘Muriel’s Wedding’, the protagonist Muriel is forced to go through a transformation process to start a new phase of life. Muriel’s family are out for dinner when her dad Bill quotes, “you’re useless, you’re all useless”. That points out that she needs to change.
The camera does a close-up shot of Muriel’s face as she gets angry about what her dad said about her. Muriel goes to a night club with her friends from the wedding to discuss her friend Tania’s honeymoon, when her friends told her she couldn’t go with them, as quoted, “we don’t want you hanging around with us anymore, you never where the right clothes, your fat, you listen to 70’s music, this is the 90’s, you bring us down Muriel, you embarrass us” [said] her friends, “I know I’m not normal but I’m trying to change, I’m trying to become more like you”. [Said] Muriel.
That indicates that she is trying to change so she can fit in and get a boyfriend. When she is crying they do a close-up shot of her to show her emotions. Muriel decides to go away on holiday to get away from everything and start a new life, when she meets her old friend Rhonda. Muriel decides to move in with Rhonda back in Sydney, changes her name to ‘Mariel’ and she gets a job at a local video store across the road from where Rhonda works. This indicates that Muriel has started to change, and as she quoted “When I lived in Porpoise Spit, no one looked at me.
But when I moved to Sydney, Brice asked me out and that proves that I changed and I’m not her anymore. ” [Said] Muriel, “Her? ” [Said] Rhonda, “Muriel! Muriel Heslop. Stupid, fat and useless. I hate her! I’m never going back to being her again! Why can’t it be me? Why can’t I be the one? ” [Said] Muriel. That indicates a new phase of her life, a phase that builds her attitude to change. This phase also marks the beginning of a new direction for Muriel. Muriel’s way of moving “into the world” is changing her appearance and losing some weight; she also meets a guy and goes on her first date.
The camera zooms in on a medium close up shot of Muriel saying “this is my new life, I’m a new person”. That indicates that Muriel’s transition is almost complete and she is more confident with herself and new way of life. Willy Russell’s play ‘Educating Rita’ portrays consequences of moving into the world when Rita has to choose whether to stay with Denny and have a baby or divorce Denny and continue getting an education. In P. J. Hogan’s film ‘Muriel’s Wedding’, Muriel consequences when moving into the world is when she moves away from her family so that she can change.