Subject Act 2
Posted by Carol
Posted on Mon Jan 11 22:37:36 1999
From IP  

this ridiculous "experiment." He even invents a "folly life" theory to support this bet. And when he decides to take both the bet and Eliza, though Pickering and Mrs. Pearce try to reason with him, he changes to use a "professional exquisiteness of modulation" voice to defense himself and convince them. Here, we see a quite selfish and inconsiderate Higgins who uses different tactics-higher position (master), professional status (phonetician), and his wisdom (good talk) to achieve what he wants-to show how great he is in phonetics. At that time, he doesn't give much care about what will happen after he really wins the bet and what about poor Eliza. From this, we find that Higgins is really an impulsive and casual-going (H) man.
As to the meaningful conversation between Doolittle and Higgins and the later "recommendation," we see the special appreciation standard of Higgins. Since he can appreciate such a different dustman like Doolittle, he himself must also have some unique quality inside or at least he is an open-mined man.
In the last part of this act, we get to see how Higgins 'trains" Eliza to speak accurate English. The methods he uses are mechanical and boring. All he asks Eliza to do is repeating the same word or sentence. His manner towards Eliza isn't like teacher to student but more like master to servant. He is a trainer and Eliza is a "parrot." The unfairness between them is still serious and unchangeable. Higgins' attitude remains self-centered and inconsiderate.
I think Higgins is an attractive character because he has so many either complex or contrast personalities. We undoubtedly get lots of fun and lessons from him. Act II shows us an imperfect and even overbearing but lovable true man.

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