" To which, Higgins imprudently replies, "Oh no, I dont think so. In addition, when Eliza responds protesting that she does have emotions, which ought to be respected, Higgins uncompromisingly ignores her (18).Act IV of Pygmalion further reveals Higgins' insensitive attitude towards Eliza.
In the web page sponsored by they summarize the following: Based on classical myth, Bernard Shaws Pygmalion plays on the complex business of human relationships in a social world.
Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins tutors the very Cockney Eliza Doolittle, not only in the refinement of speech, but also in the refinement of her manner.
And they will never be learnt fruitfully by people who do not want to learn them either for their own sake or for use in necessary work.
There is no harder schoolmaster than experience; and yet experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn (Treatise).
George Bernard Shaw: Socialist and Playwright EN 319 20 September 2004 George Bernard Shaw's power as a dramatist is directly linked to his work as a socialist both before and during his work as a playwright.
It is because these two forces are so inextricably tied that a working knowledge of both his socialist ideals and his ideas concerning the theatrical process is not only useful, but on some levels necessary for an adequate understanding of his meaning in each.In addition, Higgins degrades Eliza by threatening to throw her out the window, put her in the dustbin, make her sleep among black beetles and wallop her with the broomstick (14, 17, 20).The barrage of insults and threats directed on Eliza cause her to shriek in trepidation and conceive of Higgins as a brute (18).He then in turn showed that through social reform, you can take this little flower girl and turn her into a princess., thus changing her place in society by enhancing her dialect to that of which is spoken by only the elite.He not only improves changes her status through linguistics (though this is the primary focus), he also places much concentration of the mannerisms to which a cultured lady would possess.Higgins then proceeds to engage in boorish conversation with Eliza, subjecting her to humiliating derision.Over the course of discussion, Higgins persistently brands Eliza with debasing insults calling her baggage, so deliciously low "" so horribly dirt, a draggletailed guttersnipe, and an ungrateful wicked girl (14, 16, 18).Because of Higgins' mere interest in Eliza as a subject of study and the insensitive attitude he conveys towards her, it is unlikely that Eliza would want to develop an intimate relationship with Higgins.The play ending of Pygmalion is thus, more feasible than the screenplay ending.According to a web page sponsored by Project Gutenberg, Shaws essay entitled, Treatise On Parents And Children, closely relates to the subject matter of Pygmalion in which he addresses important issues of class, social power and even sexual politics in the relationship between the Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and her teacher, the middle class Professor Henry Higgins.In his essay he writes, Technical training may be as tedious as learning to skate or to play the piano or violin; but it is the price one must pay to achieve certain desirable results or necessary ends (Treatise).