How Does Social Class Affect Different People From Different Time Periods?

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How does social class affect different people from different time periods? George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion and Garry Marshall’s film, Pretty Woman both address the issue of social status and its impacts in the 19th and 20th century through the main characters. Both female protagonists in the text and film begin as lower class citizens who lack education, etiquette and in context of social class, are frowned upon. The impact of the theme of social class in these texts include the interaction and perception of these characters status with other classes, the character 's outlook on life or their goals, which can be evaluated to reveal the similarities and differences of the 19th and 20th centuries.
During the 1930’s, which was the early Victorian era in England, the culture and values of Pygmalion are set. During this period of time, the audience develops an insight into what the values and issues through what impacts the characters in the play. There is a definite upper and lower class; Eliza Doolittle, the protagonist, is lower class, near the bottom of the social hierarchy. Because Eliza is in the lower class at the beginning of the play, her social class impacts the way other classes interact with her, in this case, how the upper or middle class perceives her. At the beginning of the play, an upper class scene is created as wealthy people exit the theatre and search for taxis, Eliza hurries about trying to sell flowers. When Eliza’s asks the Eynsford-Hill’s to buy…
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