Subject Pygmalion
Posted by Mia
Posted on Wed Jan 13 10:59:36 1999
From IP  

Pygmalion is a sculptor who isn't interested in woman. However, he falls in love with his own sculpture. At the end, Aphrodite turns the sculpture into a real woman and realizes Pygmalion's wish. Actually, it's a romance, but is the play "Pygmalion" related to a romance just like the myth? The two we are expected to be the main actor and actress in the play are Eliza and Higgins, but they didn't get married in the end. For most of us, a romance should be a marriage in the end. Besides, the relationship between Eliza and Higgins is difficult to fit to that between lovers. So it's difficult to judge for everybody's point of view is different.
The beginning of this story was a combination with two different classes. The church was a symbol of high class while the market was a symbol of low one. That could be an advanced announce of the encounter of Eliza and Mr. Higgins. When they met, Higgins just viewed her as a flower girl who wanted money and a person who pronounced in the most unendurable way. Here, we can know hoe money was important in this play and how language was related to class. The classes division appeared obviously and reminded us the differences between high and low classes were not only in economical way but also in some other ways, such as language, taste, value, and education. I thought that was what the author wanted to show. To Eliza, money was the only way to make her become a lady. With money, she could be taught to say beautiful language by paying the teacher. In ACT2, she asked to Mrs. Pearce if she has told Higgins that she came in a taxi. Eliza would like to show she had enough money to take a taxi and didn't want to be scorned by Higgins. She thought the distance between her low class and Higgins' high class became closer because of her coming in a taxi. But afterward, Higgins' attitude let her know the distance still existed. When Higgins offered his silk handkerchief to the weeping Eliza, she unexpectedly asked what's that for. Perhaps the handkerchief was a symbol of social status and Eliza's ignorance to it meant her unsuitable appearance in the high class. However, the one whose class was opposite to Elize, Mr. Higgins, seemed didn't take much notice of the classes. It's significant to talk about his attitude toward Eliza. In their first meet in the market and Eliza's visit in his home, Higgins regarded her as a low degree animal or a baggage. He didn't behave what a gentleman should do to a girl. When he promised Eliza to teach her, he didn't want to help her wholeheartedly but for the bet he made with Pickering. However, when Eliza pronounced well and behaved like a lady, Higgins' attitude to her was just like before. He became to view her as his own creation and thought she shouldn't have freewill. Of course, Eliza felt this but she wasn't restricted by him forever. So she left Wimpole Street. I thought Higgins started to think about "What is Eliza" after her bold behavior. In the back of this play, Eliza's determined attitude let Higgins feel a little agitated and be willing to low his face to communicate with her. Eventually, Eliza didn't go back to Wimpole Street but decided to marry Freddy. I thought she was infuriated by Higgins' words because she said," You know well I couldn't bear to live with a low common man after you two, and it's wicked and cruel of you to insult me by pretending I could." She wanted to show her independence from Higgins and I thought that's the reason why she decided to marry Freddy.

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