Bernard Shaw examines the causes, process and consequences of changing identities in Pygmalion within the said setting. Several scholars studied the implications of social class and culture to identity…
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Several times in the drama, Mrs. Pearce and Mrs. Higgins, Henry Higgin’s mother, asked Henry Higgins what will become of Eliza after her transformation (Shaw). Higgins does not find these concerns as more important than his goal of transforming Eliza into a Duchess in manners and speech (Shaw Act 2). His attitude shows lack of apathy for the plight of a woman whose life he is changing (Nienhuis 3). He does not have the breeding of a human being, only the intellect of an academic expert. Olukayode A. Afolabi would have described Higgins as lacking in emotional intelligence because he cannot monitor his feelings and the feelings of others to respond positively (126). Higgins has the plight of person versus social codes of conduct.
A number of scholars discuss the plight of the heroine. Nienhuis also discusses Eliza’s plight in the story. He explains that Eliza’s plight is that, because she has been transformed from a lower-class woman to an upper-class one, she believes she cannot fit any. Upper-class life is too sophisticated for her, while lower-class living is no longer sufficient (Nienhuis 3), which shows Eliza’s common sense as a humane person (Mellor 345). This matches Social Identity Theory, where people interact with other groups through their social identity more than their individual identity (Sindic and Reicher 114). Eliza sees herself more as part of another class that is in-between two worlds. Her plight is also with her love life and the direction she wants after being transformed. At the end of the play, Eliza gets angry at Higgins for being so insensitive, and largely because of how he mistreats her as a “social inferior” (Nienhuis 3). It shows the person-versus-person conflict because of different perceptions on how people should be treated. Neelam and Rao assert that Eliza has the life force of an independent woman that allowed her to surpass the conflicts in
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Pygmalion has major characters that George uses to build the plot of the story and they include; Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle, Colonel Pickering, Mrs. Higgins and Alfred Doolittle. The minor characters in the play are Clara, Freddy, Mrs. Eynsford Hill, Mrs. Pearce and Nepomuuck.
The bet is that he can turn a Cockney flower girl (Eliza Doolittle) into a refined society lady, and he says that he can do so merely by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent. The bet comes off as rather preposterous to Colonel Pickering and so he basically accepts, and one of the most key parts to the plot of this play is in regards to how Higgins and Doolittle grow close but how she ultimately ends up rejecting his rather domineering ways and instead of going for him she winds up declaring that she is going to marry a man named Freddy Eynsford-Hill.
But, in stead of understanding each other, and coming closer to each other, men seem to grow apart and view everyone with suspicion and intolerance. Violence and hatred has been a universal phenomenon of the twentieth century, continuing into present times. Modern playwrights like Athol Fugard have dealt with the increasing violence and racism encountered in different parts of the world. While the play, "Master Harold and the Boys" by Athol Fugard is set in South Africa during the 1950s, the film "American History X" is set in the U.S.A of the 1990s.
This theme is the fact that each social class serves its own ends, and that the upper class had essentially won over the lower class. It was this theme that dominated some of his most well-known plays such as Major Barbara and Pygmalion, and it was this legacy, as will be argued in this essay, which effected diverse plays in the second half of the 20th Century.
shocked at the vices.” Pygmalion was a sculptor by profession and used to spend all his time working and finally one day he was able to sculpt the woman of his dreams and he fell in love with it as the verses state, “He knows tis madness, yet he must adore/And still the more
I will be there singing as usual and Timmy will call out for people to come see the ‘talking duck’ and all you have to say is a few words for them to believe that you can talk. People will pay us good money.
Anna: Do not listen to him. Of course you can
Such is a strategic conclusion to the play given the fact that it ends in a suspense. The epilogue just as the name suggests is not part of the play but serves to explain the intricate features of the conflict as the play ends. Shaw
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