Class Distinictions in Pygmalion Essay

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Class Distinictions in Pygmalion

Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, is a thrilling drama in which a scientist of phonetics tries to transform a cockney speaking Covent Garden flower girl into a woman as poised and well-spoken as a duchess. The play considers some of the illusions of the class distinctions. This is represented by the characters, their situations, and their aphoristic comments.

Eliza Doolittle starts out as a sassy, smart-mouthed flower girl with disgraceful English. See goes to see
Professor Higgins to see if he will teach her to speak properly and act more like a lady. This also would require her to become a high-classed member of society. I want to be a lady in a flower shop stead of
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“Pickering: shall we ask this baggage to sit down, or shall we throw her out of the window” (1160). That was
Mr. Higgins talking to Colonel Pickering about Eliza
Doolittle. He talks to her with attitude and continuously makes rude comments just like that one towards her. He acts very rudely towards her because he feels that she is just an experiment of phonetics and sometimes he shows that he thinks she is worthless.

Eliza Doolittle and Mr. Higgins are in a situation.
Eliza wants to become a lady and Mr. Higgins is trying to turn her into one. In order for Higgins to transform Eliza into a lady he must teach her to speak and act properly.
They accomplish this after a couple months, but something still wasn’t right. She still had that low class attitude and it was noticeable. In order for her to become a real lady, she had to become a member of high society. Playing! The hardest job I ever tackled: make no mistake about that, mother. But you have no idea how frightfully interesting it is to take a human being and change her into a quite different human being by creating a new speech for her. It’s filling up the deepest gulf that separates class from class and soul from soul (1180).

That was Mr. Higgins talking to his mom. What he meant by saying that was that teaching her to speak properly would end the difference between the classes. However, he also has a long while
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