Summary One rainy evening Professor Higgins and Col Pickering meet while waiting for the rain to stop. Doolittle in his musical numbers, but is delightfully disgusting in his scenework, garnishing many a guffaw from the audience.
Furious with himself for losing his temper, he damns Mrs. Yet he is completely socially inept; his manners are so bad that his own mother does not want him in her house when she has company, and his manners are so offensive that she will not attend the same church at the same time.
Eliza enters, at ease and self-possessed. Ultimately, Eliza is also so charmed by her association with Higgins and Pickering that she does not want to live with someone else. Slick Salesman Shaw says it best in his initial description of Higgins: Whilst she is now able to speak in beautifully modulated tones, the substance of what she says remains unchanged from the gutter.
Pearce, his housekeeper, has often threatened to leave because of Henry's atrocious manners improper language, improper dress, bad table behavior, etc. With his intelligent mind untamed by education, he has an eccentric view of life.
Eliza has shown up because she wishes to talk like a lady in a flower shop. Higgins brags that he can pick up a girl off the streets and turn her into a lady by teaching her how to speak well.
Higgins takes this as a challenge and bets that he can within six months pass Eliza off as a duchess.
He can treat women like trash and he manipulates Eliza, offering her a better life and chocolates when it pleases him. However the main motive of the action has disappeared since all the preceding acts had been leading up to the crucial moment of Eliza's test.
Campbell as Eliza and Tree as Higgins, running for performances. Higgins's artistry and passion, on the other hand, are cerebral: Higgins is a stately lady in her sixties who sees the Eliza Doolittle experiment as idiocy, and Higgins and Pickering as senseless children.
The world tolerates him only because he is good at heart. But Henry soon got rid of him. Campbell he wrote, When Eliza emancipates herself — when Galatea comes to life — she must not relapse.
Perhaps even more important, they call for a re-examination of these terms; for I think that the ending is signll'icant and dramatically inevitable, and that it is the ending Shaw himself rewrote for the film thereby confusing the matter further -rather than his Epilogue-which is frivolous.Eliza Doolittle is a fictional character from London who appears in the play Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw, ) and the musical version of that play, My Fair Lady.
Eliza is a Cockney flower girl, who comes to Professor Henry Higgins asking for elocution lessons, after a. A Genial Guv'norColonel Pickering is the closest thing Pygmalion has to a father figure.
He's a sweet old chap, an expert in Sanskrit, and an all-around nice guy. He and Higgins hit it off right aw. To observe the mother of Pygmalion (Higgins), who completely understands all of his failings and inadequacies, is a good contrast to the mythic proportions to which Higgins builds himself in his self-estimations as a scientist of phonetics and a creator of duchesses.
Character List Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List Eliza Doolittle She is an uneducated, uncouth "guttersnipe," the flower girl whom Higgins (for a dare) decides to mold into a duchess.
Eliza Doolittle/Character Sketch/Pygmalion/Bernard Shaw [English literature free notes] Eliza Doolittle In the beginning Eliza Doolittle is a flower girl from the slums of London. Learn pygmalion characters with free interactive flashcards. Choose from 36 different sets of pygmalion characters flashcards on Quizlet.Download