Poverty: The Most Difficult Way of LIving

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Poverty is the most difficult way of living. It makes the life of humans very pathetic and pitiful. Life in poverty leads the poor to struggle from day to day, which makes no impact on human lives. If such poor person has given an opportunity to make changes to lives, he or she will try to utilize the opportunity to bring changes to his or her life. Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” is about the life of a poor, young flower girl who has been overlooked and disrespected because of her shabby appearance and the language she speaks. As Huxley rightly says in his essay, “Stinking rags or clean linen, liveries, uniforms, canonicals, the latest fashions… are the symbols in terms of which men and women have thought about the relations of class with class, of person with person…” (Huxley). When Higgins has given the opportunity to help her to transform to a proper woman, she resolves to learn the language of an upper class to get respect from others and change her status and lifestyle. The result of Higgins’ training does not change anything in her character, but helps her to gain confidence in her own abilities. Class-consciousness is one of the themes of “Pygmalion” under examination. As many of Shaw’s works, “Pygmalion” analyzes the class subjective marker and realities of class. The signals of language become the tool for social identity and, at the same time, are issues of class. At the conclusion of Higgins’ experiment, economic problems are the main reason for the crisis of Liza.

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