What is the significance of Rita's father's story about how he wouldn't sell Rita to big Sandy Collins for even $1,000? (The Ecstasy of Rita Joe by George Ryga)

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Karyth Cara | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The primary significance of this story is that it conveys his idea of human worth, more particularly, the human worth of his daughter, Rita Joe. This contrasts to Rita's experience in the city because there, she learns she has no worth. She learns that while she would like to assimilate into the city life, it is virtually impossible for her because she is not already assimilated. This poses a paradoxical problem that undergirds the premise of the play.