The Perfect Lady In George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

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Pygmalion Pygmalion molds the clay gently with his calloused, rough hands. His eyes stare down at each line fold and crease of the figures body. He looks into her round eyes that he crafted perfectly. He fell in love with his creation then with a single kiss; blood is rushed to the ivory’s cheeks. He gently takes the figure in his arms filled with hope. *The goddess of love, Aphrodite, brought the next morning the sculpture to life. * Though Galatea was brought to life as a grown woman, she struggled with who she was, similar to Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. In Shaw’s Pygmalion Eliza Doolittle struggles with her identity and worth when she is molded into the “perfect lady” by Henry Higgins. In George Bernard Shaw’s play…show more content…
She tells him “I want to be lady in a flower-shop stead of sellin at the corner of the Tottenham Court Road. But they wont take me unless I can talk more geentel. He said he could teach me” (Shaw act II 33). Higgins first refuses due to her lack of wealth “and he treats [her] zif [she] was dirt” (Shaw act II 33), but when he realizes the amount she could pay is the equivalent to a wealthy man paying half his income he agrees. This also allows him to see the extent of his power “For the professor, humans are a species for scientific study. He is intrigued by their language, not by the emotions they express with it.” (Als) Pickering soon snaps him out of the thought when he reminds him that the girl has some feelings” (Shaw act II 40). Higgins then offers Eliza to stay in his home for six months, “learning how to speak beautifully, like a lady in a florist’s shop” (Shaw act II 43) and when the six months finish up she is to go to king and if she is found out she will be killed. “Like Pygmalion, Higgins makes a beautiful creature out of a flower girl. But the difference between legend and reality is that in the legend, the creator admires his creation, while Higgins never seems to care for the feeling of his creation” (Azizmohammadi). Eliza, obviously unhappy, still accepts the terms. Pickering then reminds Higgins that “[He] shall feel responsible for that girl [and] hope[s] to understand that no advantage is to be…show more content…
Higgins home. When his mother tells Higgins of the mistreatment he had given Eliza he informs her “he can’t find anything.” (Shaw act V 106) showing how much he ended up relying on Eliza. Eliza soon comes down from upstairs and ignores Higgins similarly to how he did previously showing the change of power. She then goes on and tells Pickering on how grateful she is for him to have treated her

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