My Fair Lady

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My Fair Lady

Pygmalion vs. My Fair Lady

The experienced teacher, Professor Higgins

Squashed cabbage leaf to beautiful duchess.

The poor flower girl, Eliza Doolittle

The polite money man, Colonel Pickering

Like Eliza I am a very hardworking and stubborn person. However, unlike Eliza, I am fairly intelligent and learn quickly.

This story follows the life of young Eliza Doolittle as she attempts to better her speech with the help of Professor Higgins. She wishes to be able to work in a flower shop, but due to her rechted language she is unable to hold respect. Higgins, a phonetics scholar, places a bet on his profound abilities that he will be able to transform this young woman into a beautiful duchess suited for a ball.

Current Event: In July of 2014 one of the most recent, iconic superheroes underwent a transformation. Marvel studios changed the mighty male God Thor, to a female version under the same name. This transformation angered some in the superhero community, but has generally been accepted and embraced. The already loved character now has the ability to connect to the females who are becoming interested in the comic book franchise. This transformation has increased the characters popularity and, like Eliza's transformation into a beautiful lady, will recieve many more opportunities.

Why can't the Englsih learn speech?

Like Professor Higgins, I am a very confident person.However, I hope to not be at the level of Higgins' confidence. I understand my abilities and their limits at this given time.

This storyline follows both critical perspectives of feminist and Marxist. The women of this tale become points of ridicule, as do those of a lower income. Those of the lower income are attempting to better themselves through a rise in the monetary ladder.

The play and film are based in early 20th century London, as the tides of feminism were taking to the shore.

The play, Pygmalion seemed to be more focused towards satirical writing, focusing on the prim and proper ways of life. The film, however, seems to focus on pure entertainment purposes. In Pygmalion there was a character named Clara, who was a perfect representation of the flaws of high society. Her character was removed, however, in the film My Fair Lady.

Both the film and the play were able to identify the themes of the difference between the social and monetary classes and discuss the theme of transformation, from both perspectives of the good and the bad associated with transformation.

The film and play shared similar aspects, such as the cahracter personalities. Both in Pygmalion and My Fair Lady Eliza was a uneducated lady while Higgins was the complete opposite. This showed a greater contrast between the social classes and added depth to the storylines. I appreciate their attention to the idea that Mrs. Higgins did not approve of the experiment, like Elsa not approving of the marriage of Hanz and Anna in Frozen.

In both the film and in the play I feel that the flowers were a symbol for Eliza's life. The flowers were dull and falling apart in the beginning, like Eliza's life, and by the end (when she owned the flower shop) the flowers were plentiful and majestic. The tone of the author in the original play was very demening. He was very judgemental of the characters and the way their lives were passing.

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