Pygmalion1 Essay

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Society has been split apart since renossance England. The novel Pygmalion written by
Bernard Shaw demonstrates that proper speech and a fake appearance can easily fool the
upper class English. Different levels of society are usually seperated because of money,
appearance and speech, and attitude. Pygmalion satirizes the snobbery of the upper class
English society. Money is always the major cause of class separation, which leads to
class discrimination.

Eliza arrives at Mr. Higgens house in a taxi. She emphasizes her arrival by taxi because
she wants to impress Mr. Higgens and his guest. “Did you tell him I come in a taxi?”
(37). She questions Mrs. Pearce about informing Mr. Higgens about her arrival in a taxi
because she wants to reinforce her financial status to Mr. Highness. She does not want to
give off the impression of a lower class flower girl. She feels because she can afford to
pay him for his assistance, she should be accepted into his upper or middle class society.
Mr. Higgens counter’s by calling out large sums of money to make her feel uncomfortable
unwelcome. Mr. Doolittle enforces the role of money in both classes. His begging shows
the lack of money his class possesses. “...Is it fairity to take advantage of a man like
this? The girl belongs to me. You got her. Where do I come in?” (54). Doolittle feels
because Eliza is his daughter, he should receive some money. He is so desperate for money
that he does not care how it comes into possession. Dolittle uses every trick to get what
he wants, money which is usually, money. Money is not the only thing that the upper class
holds dear. Without a gleaming appearance, all the money in the world will not be
acceptable in the upper class society. A respectable appearance goes well with a large
sum of money.

Upon arrival at Mr. Higgens house, Eliza is treated as gutter trash. Even though she
deserves to be treated like a lady, Mr. Higgens and Mrs. Pearce ignore that fact because
of her appearance. The society of England is based upon proper appearances and proper
speech. When she enters the house Mrs. Pearce dislikes her because of her improper use of
the English language. “ Has she an interesting accent? Oh something dreadful, sir,
really”(36). Mrs. Pearce shows that she disapproves of Mr. Higgens decision to socialize
with Eliza because of her corrupted grammar. Professor Higgens is astounded by her
grammar and he constantly offends her because he feels that she does not belong among his
class. When her training is complete, everyone except professor Higgens treats her like
an upper class lady. The jewelry, clothes, and proper speech, which are all, a cover up
fools everyone living in upper class England. Having the right attitude is also another
key quality associated with the upper class.

Mr. Higgens has an overconfident attitude. He believes he is better then Eliza only
because he is from a wealthier class. His attitude is snobbish, over confident and
arrogant. Eliza is lucky because she revived the best of both worlds. She has learned
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