Morality In Pygmalion

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Pygmalion is a play written by George Bernard Shaw, based on the Greek mythology of the same name. It features a poor, uneducated girl, Eliza Doolittle, who is taken on a journey to become a duchess, to open up a flower shop. She is mentored by a professor, named Henry Higgins. By the end of the play, it is unknown if Liza ever marries Higgins, or a young man named Freddy Eynsford-Hill.

As mentioned, as the story comes to a close, it leaves the reader something to think about. Does Eliza marry Higgins or does she marry Freddy? Does she come back or never sees Higgins again? If Liza was to marry Higgins, would she really be happy? With all of what of Higgins has done and said, in an emotional aspect, it'd be a pretty toxic and unhealthy
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To enumerate, a huge difference between them, and the driving force for this play is the language barrier, along with the class. Speech, to Higgins, is as close to him as the soul, and …show more content…
that when a child is brought to a foreign country, it picks up the language in three weeks, and forgets its own. Well, I am a child in your country. I have forgotten my own language, and can speak nothing but yours."
Not only is Higgins just generally unfit to be with Eliza, in marriage aspects, but also he's twenty years older than her. Liza's still practically a child, though she seems about twenty. Higgins even plays with the idea that Liza could marry Pickering. To which she retorts,"I wouldn't marry YOU if you asked, and you're nearer my age than what he is," to which he, naturally, corrects her grammar, making her angrier. Moreover, throughout the play, Liza had been treated less than human, an object, a pet. Being under the watch of Higgins, she's treated as such. Higgins saying pretty extreme things such as"... shall we ask this baggage to sit down or shall we throw her out the window?" Among other things. And keeping this in mind, it can make one wonder if he treats all women, or just everybody, like this. Since he's a confirmed bachelor, it's hard to tell. Along with being under that rule of Higgins, Liza feels that her independence had been stripped from her. "I should be independent of both you and father and the world! Why did you take my independence from me? Why did I give it up? I'm a slave now, for all my fine clothes." And through where this argument takes place she basically breaks down, and all she asks is for a little kindness from

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