The Ecstasy of Rita Joe

by George Ryga

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In what ways does Rita Joe's character change over the course of the play? (The Ecstasy of Rita Joe by George Ryga)

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In one sense, her character changes from innocence and trustfulness to enlightenment and sorrow. She came to the city in full faith that she could assimilate and find a job in the city that the Magistrate said she was welcome to "come and go" in. Yet she was disillusioned to find out that it was more difficult than she thought. She found she couldn't even safely get back home as she was arrested on her first try to go home.

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