Pygmalion vs My Fair Lady

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Pygmalion vs My Fair Lady

Pgy. v. MFL.

One Guttersnipe. From rags to riches.

Rags to Riches:Jan Koum was an ordinary teen when he immigrated from the Ukraine to the US in the 90s to get better jobs, life, etc. He lived off foodstamps, until early last year when the company he was involved with (WhatsApp) became popular. He had previously recommended advancements that gained him so much profit, he bought 45% of WhatsApp, knocking his net worth up to around $7 billion. Talk about rags to riches.This is similar, but not entirely the same, as Eliza's story. She's went from rags to riches in just a few months.

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In Pgymalion and My Fair Lady, many things were similar. Of course the small, obvious things such as Eliza was still the girl taught by Higgins and Pickering to be lady. However, there were some things that wouldn't have changed the story if they were gone, yet they were still there. For example, Eliza's father still got married, and Nepomuck still thought she was a Hungarian Princess. It wouldn't have mattered had her father denied her step-mom, or if Nepomuck thought she was Greek.

Pgy/MFL Compare

Pgymalion and My Fair Lady, however similar, had their differences. For example, Eliza didn't figure out her father was getting married while in Mrs. Higgins' home, she found out when she was walking after taking a taxi with Freddy. Also, in the beginning of MFL, Eliza sings of dancing with Higgins all night as if she's in love with him, while in Pygmalion, that's the last thing she feels for him.

Pgy/MFL Contrast

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Main Characters:Eliza Doolittle: a flower girl who is taught to become a lady, and nothing less. Typical rags to riches story girl.Henry Higgins: a teacher of Eliza. He claims himself a specialist in Phonetics.Colonel Pickering: the second techer of Eliza. Teaches her how to act properly. Treated her as a lady, even when she was a flower girl. Eventually, pays for Eliza to open her own shop.Mrs. Pearce: employed by Higgins. She is the first to worry about Eliza's future after she is done becoming a lady.Freddy E-H.: comes from a poor family pretending to be wealthy. Eventually falls for Eliza and marries her.Alfred Doolittle: the father of Eliza. He begs money off of her until Higgins sets him up with his own fortune. He doesn't like his new fortune but cannot say no to the money.Mrs. Higgins: the mother of Henry Higgins. She takes secondary care of Eliza as Henry and the Colonel make her feel unappreciated. She hides Eliza from them until Eliza is ready to face them once more.Mrs. Eynsford-Hill: the mother of Freddy. She becomes the mother-in-law of Eliza later on in the story. She swears she's seen Eliza before, but Eliza denies it in fear she'll find out that Eliza is merely a flower girl.Clara E-H.: the sister of Freddy and sister-in-law of Eliza. She finds Eliza's slang cool, unaware that Eliza gets it from being a street/flower girl.

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Story plot: Pgymalion, as well as My Fair Lady, is about a young woman who lives off selling flowers by the side of the street. Her ideal dream is to own a flower shop. To get there, she as to become a lady because noone would buy from her if she sounded as if she came from the streets. To fix this, she turns to two wealthy gentleman, Professor Henry Higgins and Colonel Hugh Pickering. With their help, she hopes to become a lady in no time and open up her own flower shop. Higgins makes a bet with Pickering that he can make her a lady in six month flat or less. Surely, he does. By the end of the story she's married, has a flower shop, and even danced with a prince. It's a true rags to riches story.Setting: The story takes place in London, England in the early twentieth century. It takes place in multiple buildings, such as the streets, Higgins home on Wimpole Street, Mrs. Higgins home, etc.

Story Plotand Setting

There are multiple themes...Some classic examples are: "Don't judge a book by its cover," "Treat others as you'd want to be treated," and "Never say never."One literary element used is Allusion. The way that Higgins repeatedly asks why anyone even following the devil would do something. Higgins talks as if the devil exists just like anyone else would.Amplification can also be used as Higgins over-speaks of how little Eliza would be without his teachings. She understood it the first time.You could just as easily use anecdote as Eliza tells the short, but interesting tale of the murder of her aunt.Finally, motif. The whole novel, Eliza is set on becoming a lady, and she does.

THEME and Literary Elements

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The story fits in with Feminist Criticism. Eliza believes in herself and knows that she is the reason Higgins won his bet in the first place. Unlike how many men saw women in the early twentieth century, Eliza knows she can do whatever she wants She wants to become a lady and have her own flower shop, and that's just what she did too.

Criticism

Compare Text to Self:I think I'm a little like Higgins. I tend to be stubborn and not care how I act in front of various crowds. I, too, act the same in front of everyone. It doesn't matter who I'm in front of, I tend to not filter when I probably should.Contrast Text to Self:I don't think I'm like Eliza. I wouldn't be able to just bite my tongue and just leave in the middle of the night. I tend to snap back at people. It goes along with not caring whether people think fond of me or harshly. It doesn't bother me a bit.

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