Pygmalion/My Fair Lady

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Pygmalion/My Fair Lady



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Two old gentlemen meet in the rain one night at Covent Garden. Professor Higgins is a scientist of phonetics, and Colonel Pickering is a linguist of Indian dialects. The first bets the other that he can, with his knowledge of phonetics, convince high London society that, in a matter of months, he will be able to transform the cockney speaking Covent Garden flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a woman as poised and well-spoken as a duchess. The next morning, the girl appears at his laboratory on Wimpole Street to ask for speech lessons, offering to pay a shilling, so that she may speak properly enough to work in a flower shop. Higgins makes merciless fun of her, but is seduced by the idea of working his magic on her. Pickering goads him on by agreeing to cover the costs of the experiment if Higgins can pass Eliza off as a duchess at an ambassador's garden party. The challenge is taken, and Higgins starts by having his housekeeper bathe Eliza and give her new clothes. Then Eliza's father Alfred Doolittle comes to demand the return of his daughter, though his real intention is to hit Higgins up for some money. The professor, amused by Doolittle's unusual rhetoric, gives him five pounds. On his way out, the dustman fails to recognize the now clean, pretty flower girl as his daughter.For a number of months, Higgins trains Eliza to speak properly. Two trials for Eliza follow. The first occurs at Higgins' mother's home, where Eliza is introduced to the Eynsford Hills, a trio of mother, daughter, and son. The son Freddy is very attracted to her, and further taken with what he thinks is her affected "small talk" when she slips into cockney. Mrs. Higgins worries that the experiment will lead to problems once it is ended, but Higgins and Pickering are too absorbed in their game to take heed. A second trial, which takes place some months later at an ambassador's party (and which is not actually staged), is a resounding success. The wager is definitely won, but Higgins and Pickering are now bored with the project, which causes Eliza to be hurt. She throws Higgins' slippers at him in a rage because she does not know what is to become of her, thereby bewildering him. He suggests she marry somebody. She returns him the hired jewelry, and he accuses her of ingratitude.The following morning, Higgins rushes to his mother, in a panic because Eliza has run away. On his tail is Eliza's father, now unhappily rich from the trust of a deceased millionaire who took to heart Higgins' recommendation that Doolittle was England's "most original moralist." Mrs. Higgins, who has been hiding Eliza upstairs all along, chides the two of them for playing with the girl's affections. When she enters, Eliza thanks Pickering for always treating her like a lady, but threatens Higgins that she will go work with his rival phonetician, Nepommuck. The outraged Higgins cannot help but start to admire her. As Eliza leaves for her father's wedding, Higgins shouts out a few errands for her to run, assuming that she will return to him at Wimpole Street. Eliza, who has a lovelorn sweetheart in Freddy, and the wherewithal to pass as a duchess, never makes it clear whether she will or not.

Eliza:She is an uneducated, "guttersnipe," the flower girl whom Higgins decides to mold into a duchess. She is probably twenty years younger than Higgins. Higgins:Higgins is a forty-year-old bachelor who specializes in phonetics and who is an acclaimed authority on the subject of dialects, accents, and phonetics. Pickering:A distinguished retired officer and the author of Spoken Sanskrit. He has come to England to meet the famous Professor Henry Higgins. He is courteous and polite to Eliza, and he shares in Higgins' experiments in phonetics in teaching Eliza to speak as a duchess.

Outline Major Story Plot: Plot is the main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work. Eliza Doolittle is a lowly flower girl when she meets Henry Higgins, a phonetics professor. After hearing of his success teaching others how to speak properly, Eliza offers to pay Higgins to teach her how to teach correctly so that she can work in a flower shop. Eliza, however, does not have enough to pay Higgins, so Colonel Pickering, another phonetics fanatic, offers to pay the difference as a bet. After many lessons and failed social conventions, Higgins and Pickering test Eliza by introducing her at an ambassador's party. Although they are successful in Eliza's assimilation, Eliza is upset with how Higgins' treats her. Throughout the play, there is also an ongoing romance between Eliza and Freddy, however, Eliza ends the play unsure of her feelings for him.

SettingPygmalion is set in the early 20th century in London, England. In the beginning of the play, Eliza Doolittle is selling flowers on the street, indicating her lower status. She encounters Henry Higgins, an upper class phonetics professor, while selling flowers to an crowd leaving a play; which that begins the juxtaposition of their relationship. The rest of the play is primarily set in 10 Wimpole Street, where Higgins teaches Eliza to speak eloquently. Major Theme -Identity -Appearance -Soceity and classCritical PerspectivesLiterary elements:Allegory An allegory is a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one. Charles Bernard Shaw uses the idea of clothing and appearance emphasize the differences in classes in early 20th century London. Although Henry Higgins does not treat Eliza any differently depending on what she's wearing, he is an exception. Everyone else sees Eliza differently when her clothes are nice and no longer ragged and torn. This is most evident in Act 2, when Alfred Doolittle, Eliza's father, is visiting Higgins. As he is leaving, he runs into "The Japanese Lady," and treats her with utmost respect. As soon as "The Japanese Lady" speaks, Alfred realizes that he is looking at his own daughter. Because Eliza was wearing a nice, blue kimono and is cleanly, Alfred assumes that she is someone of higher class who deserves his respect. Foreshadowing Foreshadowing is a warning or indication of a future event. During Charles Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," Eliza and Higgins' relationship is foreshadowed the first time they meet. When Eliza meet Higgins, she feels threatened that he knew where she was from. Although he was using his phonetic skills, Higgins was unwilling to explain at first, intimidating Eliza. This tense meeting foreshadows the mistreatment of Eliza through the rest of the play.Irony Irony is the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. This is used many times when Eliza speaks in the beginning of the play. Before Eliza is taught how to properly speak English, she butchers the English language. It is amusing, and is seen as ironic.Satire The purpose of a satire is to use humor to convey and criticize the stupidity of the human race. In Pygmalion, Charles Bernard Shaw criticizes the upper class. Higgins acts as though he is the most proper man, with the correct grace, however, Mrs. Pearce exposes the truth. Mrs. Pearce tells Eliza that Higgins will often come to breakfast in his nightgown, and will use the tablecloth as a napkin. This is obviously not respectful, prim behavior, and it criticizes the hypocrisy of the upper class.

Pyg vs MlfPygmalion and y Fair Lady are very similar but also very differnt. While we were watchng the movie i realized that the movie didnt have some of the stuff from the play. Also the movie had a lot of singing. They were similar because the charaters are the same and the plot is the same as well. Text vs. MeI can relate myself to the text by the way that I sometimes judge people by the way they speak or act. I like how in the end Higgins explained to Eliza that no matter what social class anyone was in he treated everyone the same and i can also relate with that. One thing that i saw that differed from me and the book was that I dont treat people badly even though i treat everyone the same Current event:

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social class shouldn't matter but does


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