Ever since Pygmalion opened in London in April 1914 it has proved a very controversial play, from the (then) shocking language, to arguments about its correct ending. Critical interpretations have been similarly disputatious, encompassing views of the transformation of the impoverished Eliza Doolittle by phonetics expert Henry Higgins as either a story of economic and soci...more
"Eliza has no use for the foolish romantic tradition that all women love to be mastered, if not actually bullied and beaten,"¹ says G.B.Shaw in the afterword to his famous play.
¹By the way, I think this quote should be memorized and repeated on the daily basis by the contemporary authors, especially in the YA genre, who attempt to create female characters. Really. Maybe I can start a campaign encouraging authors' awareness of this quote. Hmmmm...This was one of the first plays I've ever read, an...more
This is the last book I will finish in 2012 as there are only 6 hours remaining in my day. It is certainly a fitting book (or rather play inside a book) to end the year on. For Pygmalion is a story about new beginnings and about transformation. What better book to symbolise the changing of the year, I say!
The classic musical My Fair Lady is perhaps my favourite musical film that I have seen. The acting is superb, the plotting excellent and all the music serves to add to the humorous feel of the...more
Despite being only a bit shy of a hundred pages this play is wonderfully written. The plot itself intrigued me very much. To turn a flower girl from the street to a duchess by changing the way she speaks and dresses. I wonder if Shaw was trying to tell us that social status is not achieved by who you really are but by how you d...more
16 April 2010
Pygmalion, in my opinion, is Shaw's piece de resistance (if that is how you spell it). It is a masterpiece. While I can simply leave it at that I am compelled to say a lot more about this play, but first, the plot.
Two English gentlemen (and when I read this book I wondered if it was implied that they were homosexual) bet as to whether they can take a street urchin and turn her into a lady by teaching her how to speak proper English. They do and the experiment is...more
In the Pygmalion, Shaw uses symbols of slippers with the shifts in characterization to show how Eliza grows from being in different class than Higgins to being in the same class as him.
In the beginning of the play, Higgins finds Eliza on street treating her like dirt. She comes to him for phonetic lessons, in order to become a middle class women. Throughout the play, Higgins is always asking his maid and Eliza to bring him his slippers, where it indica...more
You may think that you know what it's about because you've seen My Fair Lady or read an adaptation or just heard the story somehow, but trust me, you don't.
This is a timeless piece of writing and all other adaptations and interpretations - charming as they may be - fade in comparison because Pygmalion is about bigger things.
I did, sort of, keep picturing Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison as Eliza and Higgins throughout because I adore My Fair Lady (except for the end...more
"There! Thats all you get out of Eliza. Ah-ah-ow-oo! No use explaining. As a military man you ought to know that. Give her her orders: thats what she wants. Eliza: you are to live here for the next six months, learning how to speak beautifully, like a lady in a florist's shop. If you're good and do whatever you're told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom, and have lots to eat, and money to buy chocolat...more
تعتبر من أشهر مسرحيات جورج برنارد شو و تعتبر أيضا السبب الأساسى فى أنه الوحيد الحاصل على جائزة نوبل فى الأدب و أوسكار فى نفس الوقت . تدور أحداث القصة فى بريطانيا حيث يعيش أحد أشهر أساتذة الفونتيكس فى العالم ، الأستاذ هنرى هيجينز . و تبدأ أحداث القصة بوقوفه صامتا وسط مجموعة من الناس فى محاولة أن بدون ملاحظات عن طريقة نطقهم للكلام حينما تأاى اليزا بائعة الورود فى محاولة منها أ تبيع له و للواقفين بعض الورود . و كان ضمن الواقفين الكولونيل بيكرنح أستاذ الفونتيكس الذى أتى من الهند الى بريطانيا فقط ليق...more
What I mean is, he makes a bet that he can train a flower selling, low class, dirty street urchin by the name of Eliza Doolittle to speak so well that she can be passed off as a duchess.
Because I’m an American, I feel as though this story is not at all outlandish. I was raised to believe that anyone can receive an education...more
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If you don't already know the play (or the musical My Fair Lady), then this is a story of Cockney girl Eliza who goes to professional phonetician Henry Higgins to get him to teach her to speak proper English so she can get work in a flower shop instea...more
I loved the movie adaption of Pygmalion (not My Fair Lady) also called Pygmalion. Mr. Shaw worked on that adaption and it shows. The movie is almost word for word the play, but for some interesting additions.
There weren't any big surprises reading the play for me. It was the introduction by Shaw on the man Henry Higgins was loosely based on and the epilogue that I was really interested in.
The introduction was interesting and I would like to find out what happened to the hopelessl...more
May I say, as an American visitor to London for at least two decades, that Cockney (born within the sound of the bells of St Mary le Bow) speech is still incomprehen...more
Concerning the play, I found it immensely enjoyable. It was certainly a fun read, and fiercely witty. It is a play that is quite entertaining without delving too much into the deeper meaning of it. What it really means is the point of the play that I pers...more
I picked up a $1 Dover edition of the play from the Oakland Public Library and quickly read it. The play and Shaw’s afterwa...more
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