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Subject Pygmalion
Posted by Sue
Posted on Tue Jan 12 20:46:28 1999
From IP c445-27.svdcc.fju.edu.tw  

Pygmalion, it's one story of the Greek myth. It talked about a draft loved his creature. Bernard Shaw wrote this play and called it as "Pygmalion", I think, they had something alike. As to the whole play, we saw a flower girl became a lady. In act one, she was just a flower girl with strange pronunciation, and often said " I am a good girl, I am." Asking others to sympathize her and buy her flower. In act two, she went to Mr. Higgins and asked him to change her from a flower girl into a more ladylike girl that she can work in a flower shop and get a higher payment. In act three, she appeared in Mrs. Higgins' at-home day, to test whether she had become a lady or not. She failed in that test, but in another feast, what she did was just like a real lady. In act four, she became angry about the way Mr. Higgins treated her. In act five, she argued with Mr. Higgins and from a bad situation to a better situation. What is more, she said that she decided to marry Freddy. But, she still wanted to be treat politely and respectfully by Mr. Higgins.
The change was very amazing. She changed from a girl with no knowledge to a lady and even won the quarrel over Mr. Higgins, I think it was really impossible for a real person. She could think on her own thinking. I like the sentences that she said" I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself." When she was a flower girl, she earned her living independently. However, when she become a lady, she couldn't do anything. All people thought that the best thing to a lady is to marry a rich guy. Isn't it like selling herself? I think the reason why she argued with Mr. Higgins is that she wanted to be treated like a lady by Mr. Higgins. I don't know whether she liked Mr. Higgins or not, but I know she really need to be respected by him. And it was funny that when she had become a lady, she thought herself a real upper class person, and wondered that his father was going to marry the lower class woman. She said, " You're going to let yourself down to marry that low common woman." It seemed that she forgot that she was also from a lower class.
Through whole the play, I think, Mr. Higgins always treated Eliza as a flower girl and disliked her. What he wanted to do was turn a flower girl into a duchess. He thought himself as a god, creating a lady. He thought of Eliza as a creature, not a living person, no mention a lady. He didn't care about what and how Eliza thought, and he is a self-centered person. In act five, he even said, "I paid him five pounds for her." Did he buy Eliza? Sometimes, I think that he thought he owned her, so when she disappeared, he looked for her so eagerly. I don't think that he was a real gentleman because he was always so impolite to everyone, I think, a real gentleman should be polite to everybody, no matter what class they are. (Although most people in their time did the same thing and looked social class highly.) Like Mr. Pickering, he called Eliza as Miss Doolittle, he was much more polite than Mr. Higgins.
The most interesting part of this play, I think, is the change of Mr. Doolittle. He always said that he was undeserving poor. Although he is a lower class person, he knows much about himself. When Mr. Higgins wanted to give him more money, he refused. Then, He became an upper class person and had much money. The reason he became a rich person was just a joke from Mr. Higgins. And in order to suit the middle class morality, he decided to marry with a woman.
No matter Mr. Higgins loved Eliza or not, I think, "class" controlled everyone in this play. There were many differences between one class to another. Everyone had his own rule being in his own class. If I belong to their age, maybe I have already gone crazy.


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