A New Perception of Eliza Essay

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A New Perception of Eliza
From times to times, back in the old days, women were seen as powerless and non-respected figures in the society where authorities and prestige were dominated by men. Glimpses of gender inequality during the early 20th century in London were introduced through Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. The story revolves around Henry Higgins, a renowned professor of phonetics, who makes a bet with his friend, Colonel Pickering, that he can successfully transform Eliza Doolittle into a refined lady by teaching her etiquettes, and impeccable speech. In the book Pygmalion, the author well portrays a smart, strong and independent, quite feisty young British woman through Eliza, a Cockney flower girl.
Eliza Doolittle is surely a capable lady who knows how to take care of herself. She has ambitious dreams and the courage to forwardly pursue it in life. “I want to be a lady in a flower shop stead of selling at the corner of Tottenham Court Road. But they won't take me unless I can talk more genteel. He said he could teach me (2.34)” Eliza’s initial plan is very modest just like herself. In order to make it happen, she is willing to seek help and do whatever it takes; including changing the way she looks and the way she talks to be like any well-mannered British woman. “No: I don't want no gold and no diamonds. I'm a good girl, I am. [She sits down again, with an attempt at dignity]. (2.145)”. Unlike the other girls, Eliza wants no money, fancy dresses or dashing…