Themes in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

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George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion is the story of Henry Higgins, a master phonetician, and his mischievous plot to pass a common flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, off as a duchess at the Embassy Ball. In order achieve his goal, Higgins must teach Eliza how to speak properly and how to act in upper-class society. The play pokes fun at “middle class morality” and upper-class superficiality, reflects the social ills of nineteenth century England, and …

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…worthy of respect and dignity, from the wealthy nobleman to the beggar on the street corner. The difference between a common flower girl and a duchess, apart from appearance and demeanor, is the way she is treated. Treat the flower girl as if she were a duchess, worthy of respect and decency, and she will become a better person as a result. Works Cited “Shaw, George Bernard.” Compton’s Concise Encyclopedia. Compton’s NewMedia, Inc., 1995.