Pygmalion: Colonel Pickering Essay

802 Words May 18th, 2006 4 Pages
How Higgins and Pickering treat Eliza Different but yet the same!

The play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw is about how a poor simple woman is taught how to become an elegant flower girl by professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering. How come that although Mr Higgins and Colonel Pickering treat Eliza in totally different ways, they still treat her the same? Hopefully this essay will give you the answer to that question. The essay will tell you how they treat various characters in the play, and then compare this to each other.

One of the very first things Mr Higgins calls Eliza is "you silly girl (p11)", and proceeds to tell her only a few moments later "Oh, shut up, shut up. (p11)" This of course is very rude and he shows no respect
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He also addresses Eliza's dad as "Mr Doolittle (p42)" a sing of respect by using a persons appropriate title. In act III while they are at Mrs Higgins at home day, he greets every one with their correct titles, as well as saying god bye in the same manner. He is also the only person to shake their hand as their leaving, and other sing that he is kind. Also in act III after Pickering and Mr Higgins are shouting in each others ears, and Mrs Higgins has to shush them up, he says "I beg your pardon" he is quite saying he's sorry to Mrs Higgins, something that's shows that he has respect for Mrs Higgins. Another sign of his kind nature is in the last act where Mr Doolittle asks him to come to church with him, Pickering replies "With Pleasure (p96)" This shows that he is willing to help a almost a complete stranger, with something as important as their wedding. This a good example on how Colonel Pickering is a very kind man.

We have now concluded that Pickering and Mr Higgins treat people very different from each other. But even though they treat people different they still treat them the same, they do this by giving each person the same respect as the next. In other word they treat every body as equals, although they treat them as equals in different ways. There are a few good examples of this in the final act of the play. "He treats a flower girl as if she was a duchess (p97)" says Eliza about Pickering, Higgins answers back with "And I treat a

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