Change In Pygmalion, By George Bernard Shaw

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Since the dawn of time, the world has gone through many changes. Some changes may be in the geological aspects of earth or may be in the people of the earth. The people of the earth go through changes all of the time, whether the person being a real person or if it being a character in a video game, television show, or even in a book. In books, most characters experience some kind of change. In George Bernard Shaw’s book Pygmalion the main character Eliza Doolittle experiences many different changes, presented by the themes of the book. The three main themes Eliza Doolittle experiences are, class separation, transformation, and as well as the language used are all themes to provoke thoughts of the reader. In Victorian England, classes …show more content…
Eliza Doolittle begins in the story by getting investigated by Professor Higgins, a linguist from the United Kingdom is found using his known knowledge of dialects to determine Eliza’s native home. Then proceeds the questions to be asked if she could have lessons on the proper way of speaking for the goal of her being able to open her own flower shop. Higgins takes Eliza under his wing and precedes to giver her housing in his home and to give her lessons through the days until he has the chance of passing her off as a duchess as he states in the book. Language is as well a huge part of the writing in this book, with words being pronounced incorrectly because of Eliza’s dialect background. Language of course is the way a story is portrayed and played out. If it weren’t for the language used in stories or even in the real world, then no business would get accomplished. This is the point I feel Shaw is trying to convey across the plot of this story. To force the reader to think of their own background, their dialect, and their own slang language used in the certain parts of their towns, country’s, and continents. Shaw uses the theme of language to portray many different feelings, to portray different thoughts. The feelings through the story that are portrayed by language are the hate, fear, and dishonesty between Eliza and Professor Higgins. The …show more content…
The separation of classes is shown in the Victorian England times, with Shaw using it to force the reader to think about their own class in society. With the transformation of Eliza Doolittle coming from rags sewn together as a dress to being flourished in gowns as a high society member. The language and how it is represented forcing the reader to feel certain emotions, with Higgins showing mostly anger, Pickering showing mostly kind heartedness towards Eliza. With the words affecting the story in every single way. Books are not only fun to read, but are pieces of history, works of art, and are also old stories that could change a

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