For many decades, we as people have come to criticize on every aspect of one
another’s being without learning the cause of why one portrays themselves in such a way.
In the book of Pygmalion, a play of an English woman who is looked down upon by society
Because of her dialect and occupation, is no exception to what many struggle with to understand.
The book takes place in London, England were a flower girl named Eliza Doolittle tries to sell
flowers to a bystander who becomes disgusted by her when she calls a man by his first name(“Freddy, look wh’ y’ goin’ deah” Shaw 12). Moments later she tries to sell flowers to two men named Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering, whom turn away from her and speak openly about her awful pronunciations and the way she carried herself. Throughout the story, the two men help Eliza Doolittle better her speech and improve the way that she presents herself in public. By doing so, the book shows many transitions of one characters tremendous growth, and the attitudes of everyone around her when she is portrayed in two different lights. Because of the circumstances in the book, the conflict, diction, and point-of-view are important elements used in Pygmalion.
George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin Ireland in 1856. In 1876, Shaw moved to London where he established himself as a leading music and theatre critic. He began his literary career as a novelist. He began to write plays to illustrate his criticism of the English stage. A quote that Shaw had always said was ("A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic. “George Bernard Shaw - Biography”. Nobelprize.org. 15 Apr 2011”).In 1950, Shaw fell off a ladder while trimming a tree on his property at Ayot St. Lawrence in Hertfordshire, outside of London, and died a few days later of complications from the injury, at age 94( Mazer, University of Pennsylvania). George Bernard Shaw’s life was a full one filled with many great accomplishments and life quotes that many people follow and say today.
In the beginning of the book, Eliza Doolittle has trouble conversing with
bystanders and towns people when trying to sell her flowers because when she approaches them,
hey feel offended because of her word choices and how she comes off offensive when talking to
them or yelling (“Impidence!” Shaw 23) , and throwing her basket at someone when things don’t go
her way. Because of this behavior, it shows that she has a conflict with society due to her
upbringing and that being all that she has learned. When Colonel Pickering and Henry Higgins
take Eliza in, She feels that they think she is beneath them because they do not want to accept her
money because she is no good for it, but without her knowing it , the two gentlemen have
decided to make her an experiment and nothing more than that. When the experiment is finished,
the two men celebrate and congratulate one another, but they do not consider Eliza’s feelings and
she ends up feeling unwanted and used...