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Laura Jane Wey

Lec10_Oct15 Shaw- Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw(1856-1950)  Irish playwright th  Active from late-Victorian period to mid-20 -century  Co-founder of the London School of Economics  Strong socialist tendencies Question What exactly is being “made” or “created” in Shaw’s play?  A ‘proper’ lady  Higgins: “I shall make a duchess of this draggletailed guttersnipw.” (…) Pygmalion as A Tale of Creation  The stages of Eliza’s progress o The flower girl (Bathtaking scene; 35-36) o The in-between stage ( Mrs. Higgin’s at-home; 59-61)  Mrs Higgin’s summary of the situation (64) o The duchess /lady (71-72)  Eliza expected to be taken to the scullery (kitchen area)  The “making” of Eliza o “you have no idea how frightfully interesting it is to take a human being and change her into a quite different human being by creating a new speech for her.” (65) o “I tell you I have created this thing out of the squashed cabbage leaves of Covent Garden.” (94) o “The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.” (94-95) o “I said I’d make a woman of you; and I have. “ (104)  she is ignorant of how things works o ex. an urban myth of taking a bath everyday will kill you o Mrs. Higgins has to explain to Eliza simple things and explain that a “lady” should be clean and must take baths o Eliza doesn’t know how to properly address Mrs. Higgins  Eliza wants to become a lady “I can’t turn your soul on.”  “remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech…” (18)  “I’m worn out, thinking about her, and watching her lips and her teeth and her tongue, not to mention her soul, which is the quaintest of the lot.” (6
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