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Pygmalion Eliza has no use for the foolish romantic tradition that all women love to be mastered, if not actually bullied and beaten, says G.B.Shaw in the afterword to his famous play By 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 HmmmmThis was one of the first plays I ve ever read, an Eliza has no use for the foolish romantic tradition that all women love to be mastered, if not actually bullied and beaten, says G.B.Shaw in the afterword to his famous play By 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 HmmmmThis was one of the first plays I ve ever read, and to this day is one of my favorites The combination of Shaw s wit and satire with creating an amazingly strong heroine was a treat to read The play is brilliant, as witnessed by its continuing success but it s the afterword from the author that ultimately made it into a five star read The afterword that takes this story and makes it wonderfully and firmly grounded in reality even if it s a reality with somewhat outdated early 20th century reasoning The many faces of Eliza Doolittle.Most people know this story, right If not from reading the play then from seeing the classic Hollywood s production of My Fair Lady musical, right The 1912 story of a simple London Cockney flower girl Eliza who learns how to speak like a proper British lady from a renown phoneticist and, honestly, a rather miserable person Henry Higgins Both Higgins and Eliza have remarkably strong characters and no wonder that problems ensuewell, because of that and because of the fact that a well mannered British woman in the early 20th century seemingly did not really have that many choices besides finding herself a manAccording to the famous movie, sparks also fly between Eliza and Higgins But do they, really In the words of Shaw himself, Nevertheless, people in all directions have assumed, for no other reason than that she became the heroine of a romance, that she must have married the hero of it And that s where the Audrey Hepburn movie lost me After all, haven t the movie makers read the famous afterword by Shaw himselfand I honestly think that it s just as interesting as the play itself , where he painstakingly details the future lives of his characters and destroys every notion of the happily ever after for Eliza and Higgins the ever after that was already clearly doomed in the play itself LIZA desperate Oh, you are a cruel tyrant I can t talk to you you turn everything against me I m always in the wrong But you know very well all the time that you re nothing but a bully You know I can t go back to the gutter, as you call it, and that I have no real friends in the world but you and the Colonel You know well I couldn t bear to live with a low common man after you two and it s wicked and cruel of you to insult me by pretending I could You think I must go back to Wimpole Street because I have nowhere else to go but father s But don t you be too sure that you have me under your feet to be trampled on and talked down I ll marry Freddy, I will, as soon as he s able to support me After all, it would not be in character for Eliza, who is not really a romantic character but a strong, pragmatic, and independent young woman who would not settle for a life of bringing Higgins his slippers oh, that awful last line of the movie and being ignored a woman who is not beyond a well aimed slippers throw to the face This being the state of human affairs, what is Eliza fairly sure to do when she is placed between Freddy and Higgins Will she look forward to a lifetime of fetching Higgins s slippers or to a lifetime of Freddy fetching hers There can be no doubt about the answer Unless Freddy is biologically repulsive to her, and Higgins biologically attractive to a degree that overwhelms all her other instincts, she will, if she marries either of them, marry Freddy.And that is just what Eliza did No, Eliza Doolittle is not a woman to be ignored She is a strong, independent and level headed heroine who has guts and self worth even before her magical lady like transformation She knows what she wants, and she determinedly sets out on the path that she thinks would lead her to her dream working in a flower shop She may be comical and pathetic in the beginning but she knows she s not nothingunlike the view of her that Henry Higgins hasShe stands up for herself even when she is clearly in an unfavorable situation a woman vs a man, a social nothing vs a respected gentleman, a physically weaker creature vs a physicallyintimidating one I won t be called a baggage when I ve offered to pay like any lady And from the afterwordEven had there been no mother rival, she would still have refused to accept an interest in herself that was secondary to philosophic interests And her feeling of self worth only increases as the horizons of the society open upfor her She refuses to play second fiddle even to a powerful and intimidating Higgins The thing is Higgins, contrary to his belief, did not create Eliza, like the famous literary Pygmalion created his Galatea he merely gave herpower to achieve what she wants And what she wants does not include being ignored and fetching him his bloody slippers He is a strong man well, she is an equally strong woman who will have what s best for her And even if in the end the afterword Eliza s independence is not complete and she continues to owe a lot to the duo of Higgins and Pickering but again, somehow on her own terms But to admire a strong person and to live under that strong person s thumb are two different things This was my first time reading this play in English, and reading it in the language it was intended to be read in highlighted eventhe brilliance of Shaw as a playwright and the exquisite humor of it Shaw skillfully deconstructs the notions of the British class system and does it with easily felt pleasure and enjoyment, and continues to do so in the afterword, which I enjoyed so much In the end, it s not about Eliza becoming a lady on Henry Higgins terms it s all about the shrewd future florist greengrocer Eliza, and that s the awesomeness of it It is an excellent read, a timeless one, thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking Easy 5 stars Galatea never does quite like Pygmalion his relation to her is too godlike to be altogether agreeable A lot of my reading at the moment seems to revolve around the relationship between art and artist, creator and creation.Reading other reviews on Pygmalion , I realise how strange my approach to it was, and how disappointed I was at first because my expectations were not met I chose it as part of a reading challenge I set myself a couple of years ago to read all Nobel Laureates in literature The title appealed to me, and I was thrilled to explore a modernist s take on the ancient myth of Pyg A lot of my reading at the moment seems to revolve around the relationship between art and artist, creator and creation.Reading other reviews on Pygmalion , I realise how strange my approach to it was, and how disappointed I was at first because my expectations were not met I chose it as part of a reading challenge I set myself a couple of years ago to read all Nobel Laureates in literature The title appealed to me, and I was thrilled to explore a modernist s take on the ancient myth of Pygmalion Believe it or not, I had never realised that My Fair Lady , which I love, is based on this play, and I waited for GREEK characters to show up, as I had been immersing myself in Enlightenment art concerned with the artistic questions raised in the Pygmalion story Falconet s sculpture of the misogynistic sculptor falling in love with his own creation, kneeling in front of the carefully chiselled woman, praying to Aphrodite to make her come alive, that was what I was waiting for I kept wondering about the charming cockney and 19th century scientific approach to social class distinctions I enjoyed the reading experience, but could not make sense of it at all Don t judge a book by its title, I was inclined to say, until it dawned on me all of a sudden that a Shaw s Pygmalion was linked to the musical My Fair Lady , and b Higgins hadthan a trace of Pygmalion, in fact was his modern alter ego Just like the ancient artist, he did not quite expect the outcome of his experiment, and Eliza Doolittle, like so many other literary creatures, does a beautiful job of emancipating herself from her creator Art is quite amazing that way as soon as it enters the world, it has a life of its own, and the artist is forced to watch its development together with other spectators I like that idea, as it symbolises the relationship between older and younger generations as well we are nurtured and shaped by our parents choices, but when we grow up, the freedom and responsibility is ours.In a way, Frankenstein and Moreau s monsters in The Island of Doctor Moreau demonstrate the same emancipation process, and I don t think it is a coincidence that artists and writers of the 19th century were obsessed with that theme, as the world went through major political, social, economic and scientific changes.Shaw showed wonderful creativity when transforming the ancient myth into modern life while keeping the essential questions alive And his creation lives its own, independent life as well Must read for anyone interested in the eternal human questions, as well as 19th 20th century social history Along with O Neill s Mourning Becomes Electra , this is my favourite merging of myth and modern drama This is fun to read out loud in crazy English accents while stomping around your apartment The neighbors might not like it but screw em. Pygmalion, George Bernard ShawPygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological figure It was first presented on stage to the public in 1913 In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw s influences, W S Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story called Pygmalion and Galatea that was Pygmalion, George Bernard ShawPygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological figure It was first presented on stage to the public in 1913 In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw s influences, W S Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story called Pygmalion and Galatea that was first presented in 1871 Shaw would also have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed Shaw s play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and its film version 2007 1391 215 9786001192852 1382 1396 208 1396 20 One of George Bernard Shaw s best known plays, Pygmalion was a rousing success on the London and New York stages, an entertaining motion picture and a great hit with its musical version, My Fair Lady An updated and considerably revised version of the ancient Greek legend of Pygmalion and Galatea, the th century story pokes fun at the antiquated British class system In Shaw s clever adaptation, Professor Henry Higgins, a linguistic expert, takes on a bet that he can transform an awkward cockney flower seller into a refined young lady simply by polishing her manners and changing the way she speaks In the process of convincing society that his creation is a mysterious royal figure, the Professor also falls in love with his elegant handiworkThe irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly, together with Shaw s brilliant dialogue and splendid skills as a playwright, have made Pygmalion one of the most popular comedies in the English language A staple of college drama courses, it is still widely performed [KINDLE] ✽ I Blame The Scapegoats By John O& – 9facts.co.uk Pygmalion was a rousing success on the London and New York stages ➠ [Epub] ➚ Beneath the Earth By John Boyne ➪ – 9facts.co.uk an entertaining motion picture and a great hit with its musical version ➶ [Read] ➲ Gagged By Richard Asplin ➾ – 9facts.co.uk My Fair Lady An updated and considerably revised version of the ancient Greek legend of Pygmalion and Galatea ❴Download❵ ✤ Aristocrats Author Stella Tillyard – 9facts.co.uk the th century story pokes fun at the antiquated British class system In Shaw s clever adaptation ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint, Author Sharon J. Bolton – 9facts.co.uk Professor Henry Higgins [KINDLE] ✽ Wild Horses (Saddle Club, Author Bonnie Bryant – 9facts.co.uk a linguistic expert ❰Reading❯ ➺ At Sixes And Sevens Author Rosie Harris – 9facts.co.uk takes on a bet that he can transform an awkward cockney flower seller into a refined young lady simply by polishing her manners and changing the way she speaks In the process of convincing society that his creation is a mysterious royal figure ✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ Save Rafe! (Middle School By James Patterson ✼ – 9facts.co.uk the Professor also falls in love with his elegant handiworkThe irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly ❰Download❯ ➻ The Hand That First Held Mine Author Maggie O& – 9facts.co.uk together with Shaw s brilliant dialogue and splendid skills as a playwright [Reading] ➼ Ghost Light By Joseph O& – 9facts.co.uk have made Pygmalion one of the most popular comedies in the English language A staple of college drama courses [Epub] ➚ LDN Graffiti By Joe Epstein – 9facts.co.uk it is still widely performed 3.5 starsyou 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 It s filling up the deepest gulf that separates class from class and soul from soul Even if you are not already familiar with George Bernard Shaw s play Pygmalion, I m sure you are likely acquainted with either the on stage musical version or movie adaptation titled My Fair Lady I have fond memories of my high school s producti 3.5 starsyou 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 It s filling up the deepest gulf that separates class from class and soul from soul Even if you are not already familiar with George Bernard Shaw s play Pygmalion, I m sure you are likely acquainted with either the on stage musical version or movie adaptation titled My Fair Lady I have fond memories of my high school s production of this classic tale I adored the music and my favorite scene was the Ascot Races My fifteen year old self was thrilled to don the gorgeous dress and feather hat of a lady attending the races And those lyrics to I Could Have Danced All Night still pop into my head on occasion even all these years later no I most certainly did not play the role of Eliza Doolittle Decades later I finally got around to reading the play on which the musical was based.Professor Henry Higgins is a renowned phoneticist who takes on a bet and an experiment of sorts with Colonel Pickering to turn a common, street corner flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a well bred lady, simply by changing her language and her dress The ultimate goal is to pass her off as a duchess at the ambassador s garden party Eliza, with a dream of owning her own flower shop someday, agrees to the project The ensuing dialogue is sharp and entertaining Shaw makes some brilliant statements about social class and gender distinctions through his characters What I had forgotten, or perhaps it was not as glaringly obvious to me years ago, is that Professor Higgins is a bit of an assWell, when I ve done with her, we can throw her back into the gutter and then it will be her own business again so that s all rightI had to set aside my dislike and realize that this is one of the points Shaw is trying to get across societal expectations and the objectification of women, among others The ability to make change is inherent in each one of us, however, and can provide the freedom necessary to find a better station in life My first attempt to actually read George Bernard Shaw was rather a success, although I still prefer actually seeing a play to reading one Perhaps I just had a bit of nostalgia for this and wantedof a visual experience Nevertheless, I d rate this 3.5 rounded up to 4 starsIf I can t have kindness, I ll have independence Pygmalion was an ancient Greek legend, who was a sculptor and a king He fell in love with his ivory statue of his own ideal woman He prayed In response to his prayer, the Goddess gave life to the statue and then the king married it This much of information was sufficient for me to know why the title of this book was chosen by G.B Shaw, Pygmalion I very much liked the character of Mr Higgins in the play He is a professor and scientist of phonetics and very confident about his knowledPygmalion was an ancient Greek legend, who was a sculptor and a king He fell in love with his ivory statue of his own ideal woman He prayed In response to his prayer, the Goddess gave life to the statue and then the king married it This much of information was sufficient for me to know why the title of this book was chosen by G.B Shaw, Pygmalion I very much liked the character of Mr Higgins in the play He is a professor and scientist of phonetics and very confident about his knowledge and acumen.While reading the book I realized that everyone is like Pygmalion Everyone likes and adores whatever is created by him or her Three years old daughter of my neighbor first makes a bridge from the cards and then claps and laughs seeing it, and during this spree when someone breaks it or it is shattered by the wind, she weeps She perhaps loves her creation Though momentary, she expresses the feelings of love and pain with a unique sort of fervor to those childish maneuvers and efforts I too was probably like Pygmalion when I was a kid, but unlike this small daughter of my neighbor, I did not feel pain when one day my creation was destroyed My creation was a cat made up of snow When one day there occurred, an event of very heavy snowfall, all houses and trees were covered with the white sheet of snow and remained covered for a few days I made a sculpture of a cat out of that snow, just outside the window of my room It was not a replica of a cat, In fact it looked like a small cow, a bit bulky in size and a bit distorted but still it was a cat for me and I had placed a few whiskers of string on its front bulging shape, which according to me was the mouth of my cat, and I inserted two small round glass shooters, a few inches above those whiskers to make them look like eyes of my cat My this awkward looking cat remained there just outside the window of my room for two days possibly There was not at all sunshine for two days The temperature was below zero and the snow did not melt I kept watching my cat again and again and adored its ludicrous shape during those two days Then the third day Sun shone with all its brilliance and in the very morning time itself, my cat melted away and disappeared But I did not feel bad as I knew by that time if the snow would be there again, I would recreate my cat again However, in that season, there was no snowfall again And in the next season, I was one year older and the Pygmalion within me was now matured enough to make other kinds of creations I am talking about all this rubbish because these two events just flashed over my mind when I was reading this play The character of Prof Higgins was very much like me when I was a kid Overconfident and heartless I read this book for the first time and this was a wonderful experience Then I watched the 1938 movie of Leslie Howard as Professor Henry Higgins and Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle and this movie extraordinarily complemented my experience of reading the book What a fine movie and wonderful acting by its cast The only difference between the play and the movie was its ending Shaw kept his play realistic but there is a different ending in the movie, there might have been commercial reasons behind this change Coming back to the book, there are 5 acts in this play The beginning of this play is so sweet Thunders and then rain People rushing into the shelters closing a dripping umbrella in the street A street flower girl calling the name of a young man and a mother and daughter asking the street flower girlNow tell me how you know that young gentleman s name Prof Higgins, a scientist of phonetics, takes a challenge that he will be able to transform the cockney speaking Covent Garden flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a woman as poised and well spoken as a duchess He meets his challenge wonderfullyThere are such fools that they think style comes by nature to people in their position, and so they never learn There is always something professional about doing a thing superlatively wellHiggins is so obsessed with his work and knowledge that he hardly appreciates anything else, whether they are emotions or other trivial felicities of our surroundings When Liza feels something for him and he denies her She feels letdownLiza what did you do it for if you didn t care for me Higgins Why, because it was my job.Liza you never thought of the trouble it would make for me.Higgins Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble There is only one way of escaping trouble, and that s killing things Cowards, you notice, are always shrieking to have troublesome people killed Probably many people are already familiar with the story and they have seen many movies based on the play, but for me, this was the first time Even in my school days, I missed this book, so a highly satisfying five star read for me This enriched me on many levels I am quenched Pygmalion def n A sculptor in Greek mythology who created a sculpture so beautiful that he fell in love with her.In this rendition of an age old story, professor of linguistics Henry Higgins plucks a flower girl off the streets so as to teach her proper diction and middle class manners After befriending Colonel Pickerson, they wager that by the end of the lessons, the flower girl Eliza Doolittle, will be just as well mannered as a duchess.Higgins I m an eccentric professor of linguistics A Pygmalion def n A sculptor in Greek mythology who created a sculpture so beautiful that he fell in love with her.In this rendition of an age old story, professor of linguistics Henry Higgins plucks a flower girl off the streets so as to teach her proper diction and middle class manners After befriending Colonel Pickerson, they wager that by the end of the lessons, the flower girl Eliza Doolittle, will be just as well mannered as a duchess.Higgins I m an eccentric professor of linguistics And a confirmed bachelor Some people say I m a dick They aren t wrong.Pickerson I m another confirmed bachelor Less dickish than Higgins and for the life of me, I m actually his bff.Eliza Ah oo ow ow for some reason Shaw doesn t know how women would express anger, excitement, sorrow even if in a cockney accent I m basically a broke ass ugly duckling prime for a makeover who sells marked up flowers trying to just survive, you know.Higgins writing in a notebook Fascinating those squawks you re making.Eliza Dude, don t nark on me I aint done nothing.Crowd Yeah dude mind your damn business Oh wait, you are harmless For fuck s sake girl, stop your hawing.Eliza Bitch, buy some flowers You re clearly rich.They buy some flowers Some time later Eliza I ve come so you can teach me to talk proper and all so I can work at some uppity flower shop.Higgins Lmao no.Pickerson Could be interesting.Higgins MehEliza ah he hi ho uh if you will not have me I will not bother.Higgins house manager Quit it girl Come get a bath and some new clothes.Eliza kEliza s dad Dudes, I m broke, you re rich, gimme some cash and I won t bring any drama to the fact that you re training my daughter.The dudes kMonths laterHiggins Mum test this lady I ve been teaching.Mrs Higgins Seriously I told you not to come over when I m home and expecting company.Higgins But I am an eccentric scholar You must abide by my demands.Mrs Higgins So dramatic Fine Months laterHiggins See, we succeeded You owe me Pickering I trained her and after the events last night keeping up with the posh folks, Eliza could speak circles around em She s simply the best Takes up new language like a kid raised in a foreign country.Pickering You re not wrong I m off to bed.Higgins Yeah now she can go and do whatever she wants.Eliza mentally Is that all I am to you.Eliza out loud poutsHiggins Now where are my slippers.Eliza goes to get them and tosses them at himHiggins what the fuck is your problem Eliza mentally why do you not care about me Eliza out loud Bah Let s fight.Higgins KEliza Peace.The next morningHiggins Mother Eliza has disappeared We re gonna sic the cops on her.Mrs Higgins Dude, calm down She s here.Eliza Let s fight You don t care about me.Higgins I don t care about anyone.Eliza Give me kindness or give me independence.Higgins You can come back to our digs and life goes on as it was or try your luck back in the gutter I picked you from.Eliza having actually forgotten she s the one who went to Higgins in the first place Damn you and your bullying I m not coming back Oh my dad s gotten a new job and is getting married right this instant We re off to the church.Higgins I hear you When you come back life will go on as usual You ll do all the assistant stuff you were doing for me.Eliza Go fuck yourself Imma marry that Freddy dude who is friends with your mum When he is able to provide for me.Higgins Bitch please You ll be back Shaw I have written hundreds of words explaining my ambiguous ending Higgins is basically oedipal and holds his mama with the highest regard so no woman could ever compare But you reader nudge nudge wink wink can see for yourself that he HAS fallen in love with Eliza but she declared that even if Higgins were to ask for her hand in marriage she would say no Scholar reviews This carefully crafted minimalist short play which is likely Shaw s best work is an allegory of the caste system of which Shaw is showing disdain for via Higgins He is also painting Higgins as a low key socialist Further, Eliza s courage in standing up to Higgins shows her growth as a student who ends up becoming better than her master When she threatens to be his business competitor she challenges his socialist ideals by embracing the backbone of capitalism No, not greed Competition But Eliza s independence is curtailed by Higgins trading her compliance for his dismissive friendship which is borderline abusive This work is really seminal in observing the socio economic Me I was surprised.this is not a love story I only vaguely remember the musical, and the outcome I envisioned is not what happens in the play.I remember Eliza Dolittle as a poor flower girl, and the bet between two upper class gentlemen to turn a street guttersnipe into a proper lady, but not the horribly chauvinistic treatment she receives or the choices she makes in the end.Totally enjoyed it My Fair Lady, which is based on this story, is a delightful musical I have seen many times over the years I love the music and the story It seems very one of a kind I have never read the play by George and finally got around to doing so Henry Higgins simply jumps off the page completely realized and his own full character He is so boorish and a big bully, he s easy to hate and also to see that somehow in that thick skull of his, he did mean well Eliza is just a realized and we see a very s My Fair Lady, which is based on this story, is a delightful musical I have seen many times over the years I love the music and the story It seems very one of a kind I have never read the play by George and finally got around to doing so Henry Higgins simply jumps off the page completely realized and his own full character He is so boorish and a big bully, he s easy to hate and also to see that somehow in that thick skull of his, he did mean well Eliza is just a realized and we see a very smart woman of the streets move up in class, but has she really Now she isn t really fit for any world There are some scenes from the movie that are not in the book such as the Rain in Spain song, which disappointed me, but the adaptation to movie was pretty faithful They did change the end to give it a good end and George does not give us a happy ending They are fighting like cats and dogs when the book ends and part leaving if they ever see each other in question George is brilliant and I should have been reading his stuff much sooner I enjoyed this and will be reading the superman book of his next


About the Author: George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co founder of the London School of Economics Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama Over the course of his life he wrotethan 60 plays Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but each also includes a vein of comedy that makes their stark themespalatable In these works Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.An ardent socialist, Shaw was angered by what he perceived to be the exploitation of the working class He wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles For a short time he was active in local politics, serving on the London County Council.In 1898, Shaw married Charlotte Payne Townshend, a fellow Fabian, whom he survived They settled in Ayot St Lawrence in a house now called Shaw s Corner He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature 1925 and an Oscar 1938 The former for his contributions to literature and the latter for his work on the film Pygmalion adaptation of his play of the same name Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright, as he had no desire for public honours, but he accepted it at his wife s behest She considered it a tribute to Ireland He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.Shaw died at Shaw s Corner, aged 94, from chronic health problems exacerbated by injuries incurred by falling.


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