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Subject Pygmalion (2)
Posted by Helen
Posted on Thu Jan 14 07:34:23 1999
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Helen
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Pygmalion (2)

The whole play, for me, is interesting in its characters, funny in its conversations, and serious in its inner meaning.

Most of the characters in this play have their own qualities. Take Eliza for example, she dares to go to Higgins・ home and asks for classes for correct English. That means she is independent and brave, because she herself decides to do it and she doesn・t care for what others think. Though having ever been frightened by Higgins, Eliza still accepts his training and start learning.

The difficulty of learning a new way of pronunciation presents how clever Eliza is. In such a short time, she is trained to be able to speak in good English. Except for Higgins・ teaching, her diligence and patience are vital to the success.

After achieving the goal, Eliza is transformed into a lady, but what・s more important for her is that she can express her own ideals without Higgins・ control (we can see that in Act V). Higgins views Eliza as a creature without thought. He doesn・t care for her feelings. Therefore, when Eliza grows up/ is reborn during the process, and start fighting back, he feels surprised.

Eliza is always aware of the situation. She knows that Pickering is the one who really respects her, and Mrs. Higgins is the one she can rely on. At last, She also knows that it・s impossible for Higgins to change his mind. All of these suggest her sensibility.

This is what I mean :interesting characters;, most ones in this play are many-sided and we can find them in the narration and conversations.

The conversations in :Pygmalion; are very delicately arranged, and I feel funny in some of them. For example, In Act IV, when Higgins is waiting for Eliza to come, he :throws back his head; stretches out his legs; and begins to whistle.; Mrs. Higgins tells him that he doesn・t : look at all nice in that attitude;, just wants to make him speak, since Higgins :can・t speak and whistle at the same time;. We will laugh at this because we know what kind of person Higgins is, and Mrs. Higgins is a mother who can discipline her stubborn son smartly.

There are lots of interesting dialogues in this play between the roles. It・s them make me more enjoy in the process of reading this script.

In addition to appreciating the roles and the words they say, we shouldn・t forget the deeper meaning the author tries to transmit to us. By writing this script, Bernard Shaw wants to point out the unjust situation of differences in class.

Throughout the all content, the theme comes up everywhere. The Eynsford Hills and Mrs. Higgins are the upper class, Higgins and Pickering are in the middle, and the Doolittles are lower class. At that time, people in lower class are despised by most people in upper class. Bernard Shaw uses the contrast of their appearance and action to show the differences between each of them. At last, the play suggests a resistance towards the class system, because the noble appear to keep up an outward show without fitting to their true situation. On the contrary, the poor have their lovely spirits and act innecently.


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