Analysis Of Pygmalion And Stoppard 's Arcadia

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Although all education is interrelated and can improve one’s quality of life, it is up to him or her to utilize the knowledge to improve their life in both Shaw’s “Pygmalion” and Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” but differs in the motive seeking education, where one is to improve one’s social class and life and another is due to curiosity and fascination, respectively. In both texts, knowledge and education advanced the character’s life quality to a certain limit. In “Pygmalion,” Eliza, a girl with no manners who seemingly lives on the streets seeks education in the means of language and manners in order to sell flowers at a flower shop. In “Arcadia,” Thomasina, on the other hand, seeks education in the pursuit of curiosity. Both texts depict knowledge as a passageway for a better life but then show that it is how one utilizes the education and knowledge that determines one’s quality and satisfaction with life.
Education in “Pygmalion” is depicted as a stepping stone into a better life, but it is how one puts one’s knowledge to use that determines their satisfaction with life. The main message of “Pygmalion” is appearances can be deceiving. Higgins, a high middle class man who studies phonetics--the science of speech-- with a proper education, conveys a persona of being cold, stern, proper, conventional, and intellectual. Eliza, on the other hand, grew up on the streets, which resulted in her hideous accent. She was “...not at all an attractive person…[She] wears a… hat… exposed to…
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