Essay about Pygmalion, by Bernard Shaw

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Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion

A Romance in Five Acts

1. Summary of the Play, page 2

2. Introduction and Short Analysis of the Main Character, page 4

3. Interpretation, page 5

4. Additional Information, page 7

5. Literature and Links, page 8

1. Summary

London at 11.15 a.m., on a rainy summer day.
Everybody’s running for shelter because of the torrential storm. A bunch of people ist gathering in St. Pauls church, looking outside and waiting for the rain to stop.
Among the crowd, there is a young flower girl which grew up in the slums of London and therefore has a terribly bad language, although she is a good-natured, simple and pure being.
She is carrying a basket with flowers. As there is nothing else to do while waiting
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So he lets Eliza live with him (he’s quite rich, an he has a big house), and he buys her clothes. And the most important thing: he teaches her how to speach proper English. As for the manners, it is Pickering who shows Eliza how to behave like a lady (as Higgins cannot).
For Eliza, this is very hard in the beginning, but after a while she’s getting along pretty well, and she is improving fast.

After some time, they are visited by Eliza’s father, who is an unreliable, greedy alcoholic (and has never cared for her anyway). He is theoretically the only familiy Eliza would have, but she always had to look for herself. He insists on taking her with him, but it soon turns out, that he only wants money, having heard that the gentleman whome Eliza is living with at the time is quite rich. Higgins freezes him out.

A few months later Eliza faces her first test: Higgins introduces her to his mother. Unfortunately, his mother is already expecting visitors, and Eliza is getting more and more nervous because there are so many people. At the end, she rushes out, and Higgins must agree that she is not quite ready.

At the end of the six months, he finally lets her accompany him to the ambassador’s ball. Everyone who passes her way looks at her in amazement, for she is now due to be a queen. She is not a flower girl
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