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Subject Pygmalion(1)
Posted by Helen
Posted on Wed Jan 13 21:57:30 1999
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Helen
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Pygmalion(1)

Freddy

The characters of Freddy present differently in the movie "My Fair Lady" and our text book "Pygmalion". I found that in the movie, there are more scenes for him tot show his love for Eliza than in the book.

In the movie, after meeting Eliza at the first time, Freddy starts to pursue her and stands outside her residence desiring to see her. It presents how deep Freddy is infatuated with Eliza, though he may know little about her real background and personality.

According to what Freddy does, we can understand that he is attracted by Eliza's pretty appearance and the "small talk". When Eliza talks to Mrs. Higgins and others about her aunt's death, the words "done her in" which she uses make Freddy feel very interesting. That is why Freddy sings that Eliza has "done him in".

In short, it's Freddy's enthusiastic pursuing that makes me more relieved about Eliza's final decision. At least he loves her.

On the contrary, in the text book, Freddy isn't an important role; instead, he appears in only a few scenes (Act I, the tea party in Mrs. Higgins' home in Act III, in Act IV when Eliza is leaving Higgins' house). At first I read the content, I think it impulse for Eliza to be with Freddy, since they don't even see each other for many times! Therefore, I would be more worried about Eliza and don't think highly of the combination of her and Freddy.

If they really get married, they will be poor. Since though Freddy is a noble, he doesn't have money. Besides, Eliza doesn't have the skill to run a flower shop. They have little ability to make a living by themselves. In this situation, I think if they really love each other, they can go though the difficulties hand by hand. If not, they may break up and Eliza will be alone again.

Higgins

Higgins seems to be a man with a strong character. He is an intellectual who has money and a special skill (phonetics). Therefore, he doesn't have the problems which Eynsford Hills or Doolittles have.

He doesn't have to worry about money and only concentrate on the research of phonetics. I think that because he is a scientist, he has some unique behavior. For example, he puts chocolates in the living room so that he can eat them at any time; he doesn't keep good habits at home so that Mrs. Pearce have to clean everything for him.

What is the most evident is the way he treats others. Instead of thinking for others' feeling, Higgins does everything for his own good. Even helping Eliza learn to speak correct English is just a way for him to do an experiment, and try to make it successful.

Therefore, no wonder he doesn't notice Zliza's reaction and let her feel being hurt. In my opinion, the relationship between Higgins and Eliza is such kind of ambiguous plot that makes readers keep on reading until the end.


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