Rita believes it is education that will give her these choices.Rita knows that the value of education goes far beyond simple intellectual enlightenment.
It’s the Frank notices this and even compliments her saying that she will “Sail through” her exam.
This change in social class is another consequence of Rita’s journey into the world.
Education entirely changes Rita which, though she is prepared for a change, effects her life enormously.
Rita's background has held her back and put her at a disadvantage.
Rita doesn’t like the housewife stereotype and decides to rebel against it by taking the pill and starting a formal education, ‘But I mean, I don't want a baby yet. I wanna discover meself first.’ Rita’s family refuse to see the benefits that this could give her and this leads her father to feel sorry for Denny and to feel annoyed at Rita’s lack of commitment to her family, ‘Denny, I'm sorry for you, lad.
If she was a wife of mine I'd drown her.’ When Rita thinks about quitting the course to please her family, it’s her mother’s unintentional comment at the pub, ‘There must be better songs than this,’ which drives her forward in the course, ‘And I thought, ‘All I'm doing is getting an education. Rita, an uneducated lady, is unhappy with the limitations of her social class and feels that to escape the limitations she needs to get a properly recognised education.She therefore decides to do an Open University course in English literature.This she believes will greatly increase the horizons of her life and remove some of the limitations that she feels are imposed upon her.She wants to learn everything but soon discovers that even education has its limits.Rita displays her loathing for her former self when she rejects Frank’s calls for her to maintain the uniqueness which he loved about her; however he realizes that she must change in order for her to be able to pass examinations.“You’re going to have to supress, perhaps even abandon your uniqueness.But studyin' was just for the whimps, wasn't it?See, if I'd started takin' school seriously I would have had to become different from me mates, an' that's not allowed." (Act 1, Scene 2, p17) Rita felt the need to conform to the way everyone around her lived their lives until she realised that there was a way out.Willy Russell’s “Educating Rita” and Judd Apatow’s “Step Brothers” portray both positive and negative consequences of this change.Both protagonists experience the change of moving into a new life; however they are met with different consequences.