Theme Of Dramatic Irony In Pygmalion

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Register to read the introduction… The first instance is in Act III, at Mrs. Higgins’s home where everyone has met for a social gathering. The audience knows that Eliza is of a lower class than the Enysford-Hills as they hold a conversation. While the women are confused and trying to comprehend Eliza’s speech, the audience is laughing at their confusion and Clara’s quick adaptation to the foul language that was told to her as the “new small talk”. The second instance is when Henry runs to his mother’s home in search of Eliza. The audience knows that Eliza is there and watches in amusement as Henry declares to his mother and then to Eliza’s father that she has run away. The final example of dramatic irony is when Eliza is speaking her mind to Henry and Colnel Pickering in Mrs. Higgins living room. The audience waits in suspense for the moment when Alfred Doolittle will enter the room and declare his fortune and wedding to his daughter. Dramatic irony had me on the edge of my seat and engaged in the play and was used wonderfully in …show more content…
Even the title of the play is symbolic of real and fake. It comes from the Greek myth about a man who creates a statue of a woman and she becomes real. The division of the classes is symbolized by money and the taxi that Eliza takes to Henry’s home. Taking the taxi symbolizes Eliza’s move from the poor class to the middle class. Then we have the looking glass. This symbolizes vanity and we see this as Eliza is disturbed by the looking glass and even states that it is why middle class women looks are so refined. She is afraid of what she sees in the looking glass and states that she is a good girl, as if the looking glass has made her vain. Henry’s slippers symbolize two things. When Eliza sets them by Henry when he was looking for them it shows her devotion to him and when she throws them at him it symbolizes her loss of respect for him. The beginning of the play takes place with Eliza selling flowers in the rain. The flower is a symbol for Eliza. There in the rain she is in darkness and has not yet bloomed. The blooming process is shown in Eliza’s transformation. She begins to open up once she is all cleaned up and as she is taught by Henry and she comes into full bloom when she asserts her independence from Henry. In his eyes she is finally something to look at, even as she is walking away from him. Symbols are littered all throughout the play and bring a beautiful story to full

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