Pygmallion







PYGAMALION

1.)

In Act 3 we learned a lot more about the character and philosophy of Alfred Doolittle. He is strangely individualistic personally and very eloquent. He is representative of the social class of the "undeserving poor", which, means that he is not entitled to receive financial support from the government, since he is physically able to work. He lives only for the moment; from day to day. The money he gets he wastes on intoxicating himself, and he has no intentions of taking any serious responsibilities, for himself, or for his daughter.



Further on, in Act 5, Mr. Doolittle appears at the house of Professor Higgins, and angrily accuses Higgins of making him into a middle-class gentleman against his will. Higgins has said that Alfred Doolittle was the most original moralist in present day England. He has written a note to Mr. Wannafeller, a rich American and told him that. Wannafeller died and left Dolittle a share worth a thousand dollars a year on condition that he¹d lecture for his Wannafeller Moral reform World League ax often as they¹d ask him, possibly up to 6 times a year. Doolittle doesn¹t mind the lectures, but he hates becoming one of the working class, because now he¹s earning a living (middle class morality). He sees now that he has to taken added responsible onto him. He could have turned down the offer but was intimidated. As a result he needs Higgins to teach him to speak proper English. He doesn¹t like it at all and blames Higgins for it. By virtue of his newfound morality, he must marry the woman with whom he has been living for years.



2.)

Eliza angers Higgins by telling Colonel Pickering that his gentlemanly manners have meant more to her than Higgings¹ teaching. She says that the difference between a lady and a flower girl isn¹t the way in which she behaves but how she is treated. She knows that Pickering will always treat her as a lady and that she will always be a flower girl to Higgins.



Higgins tries to convince Eliza that she is better off staying with him, instead Eliza leaves in search of her independence. Pickering and Dootlittle leave for the church for his marriage and Mrs. Higgins also leaves so Higgins and Eliza are alone. Higgins wants Eliza to come back because they have grown accustomed to each other; he is irritated when she says she may marry Freddy. But Eliza finally wins his respect by declaring her a teacher of phonetics. Higgins is not pleased that she wants to help Nepommuck. As the play ends, everybody except Higgins in on his way to Doolitte¹s wedding. Eliza says she will not see Higgins again, and tell him that he will be lost without her, but Higgins only laughs at her.



3.)

Pickering feels the experiment was a smashing success. At the garden party a new person appears, Mr. Nepommuck. He was Mr. Higgins¹ first pupil. He speaks 32 languages and works as an interpreter. So, he will be a real challenge for Eliza because of his great ability to identify those with distinct accents, or incorrect pronunciation. After a little conversation he indentifies Eliza as a Hungarian princess. For him she cannot be English because her pronunciation is too perfect, which you can only hear from foreigners, who were talk to speak like this. So after all, the bet is won, and Eliza, Higgins and Pickering leave for the reception.





4.)

Higgins brings Eliza to his mother¹s house to try her out in a society. His mother isn¹t very happy of this because Higgins is always rude and she is afraid that her guests won¹t come again. The guests are Clara and Freddy Eynsford Hill and their mother. Although they have already seen Eliza in Covent Garden, they did not recognize her now, beautifully dressed and speaking perfectly pronounced English that Higgins has taught her. A trouble that Higgins knows Eliza will face is not her ability to speak rather her inability to say the proper thing. Her grammar is incorrect, and she the vocabulary and the subject matter of the street, not of high society. Higgins excuses it as the new small talk. Freddy and Clara both admire Eliza very much. Freddy falls "head