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…