Subject Act Four
Posted by Maurice
Posted on Mon Jan 11 21:43:33 1999
From IP  

The reading journal of Pygmalion, Act Two
I would like to talk about the act four. This act is the most dramatic part in this whole play when I finished the whole play.
  In the first three acts, Eliza seems to be under control of Mr. Higgins. In this act, we can see that Eliza does something against Mr. Higgins. It may be the first time that Eliza shows her real emotions after she moved into Higgins' house. Or maybe this is the first time that Eliza gives Higgins a little bit hint about the feelings that she has about him. But, somehow, Higgins just wants to hide or not to confess the feelings towards Eliza that he has inside. From the other point of view, I suppose that Higgins doesn't have any feelings about love towards Eliza at all, or he just doesn't have that kind of feelings towards any woman in this world. This anyway makes Eliza feel depressed and frustrated so that in the end of act four, which is much to my surprise, Eliza seems to have a romance with Freddy though at the end of the play there isn't any decided conclusion.
  In the fist dialogues between Eliza and Higgins at page eighty and eighty-one, we can see they just don't get the main
ideas of what the other is focusing on. And the main ideas of their conversations just differ from one to the other. They just can't make each other understood. When Eliza says " What becomes of me? What becomes of me?", Higgins replies "How the devil do I know what to become of you? What does it matter becomes of you?" It seems that Higgins supposes that no matter what would become of Eliza, a flower girl or a lady, Eliza just can stay with him. But to Eliza, she just can't understand if the experiment is over, for what reason can she stay with Higgins? She is not his girlfriend, not to say to be his wife. She thinks that she just can't stay there without a proper status. But this is not what Higgins thinks. He is quite ignorant of the inner meanings of the words that Eliza says, or he is just afraid of making any promises to woman so that he tries to escape the consultation by making the focus unclear.
   The second time that Higgins says something about what becomes of her in the first few lines in page eighty-one, we can see that Higgins again avoids making a promise to Eliza. He tries to say something that's around the question without giving any direct answers towards Eliza. He just thinks that the reason why Eliza throws the slippers to his face is simply because there's someone treating her bad. By keeping asking her if there's anyone who treats her bad so that she loses her temper, he just wants to make Eliza herself confused of the reason why she is angry and persuade her to stay without promising. From this point of view, Higgins is really a shrewd man.
  In the following pages, Higgins just can't give Eliza any answers or promises she wants. And this act is finally ended with the unexpected romance between Eliza and Freddy!!

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