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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
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Jan 30, 2012

really liked it

Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, is an ingenious and entertaining play. It is the story of how Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, transforms Eliza Doolittle, a poor, uneducated flower girl, into a well spoken lady. Shaw did an excellent job of portraying the class divisions and struggles during that time period. Eliza lived a difficult life that made it very hard for her to survive in society. This is shown by Eliza's struggles throughout the play, as she did her best to transition from a lowly flower girl to a sophisticated young woman. Shaw also did a good job at showing the strength of women. Eliza started out as a “nobody.” When Higgins first took her in, she appeared to be weak and clueless. He would yell her and she would simply cry. But as soon as she became committed to becoming someone better in life, her strength became evident. Through Higgins’ lack of respect, she persisted and succeeded. When he asked her to stay with him, she was wise enough to move on to the much kinder, Freddy. I noticed that Shaw broke the conventions that existed for a "romance" story. The woman did not give in to the man, but instead stayed strong and moved on. This play was very enjoyable to read, especially due to the comedic aspect of it. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good read, especially if they are interested in the class distinctions of society and the role of women in literature.

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Reading Progress

January 30, 2012 – Started Reading
January 30, 2012 – Shelved
February 5, 2012 –
page 32
23.88% "As the reader dives into the play, it becomes obvious that Higgins is the Pygmalion figure, while Pickering and Mrs. Pearce are the informal ones. But as of now, Higgins seems to be incapable of being the "romantic" hero due to his bad manners and lack of respectability towards others. If he cannot be a Pygmalion on his own, the reader then wonders if Pygmalion, the transformer of others, can be transformed himself."
February 12, 2012 –
page 95
70.9% "As the play came to a close, I’ve noticed that Higgins’ bullying superiority never really deteriorated. He actually has been seeing Eliza as a burden. But after Eliza goes on to fight back, Higgins soon starts to consider her as an equal. I've also noticed Eliza’s growth as an independent person, as she underlines the importance of respect towards anyone, whether they are wealthy or are selling flowers on the street."
February 15, 2012 – Finished Reading

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