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. Your request has been filed. After all, haven't the movie makers read the famous afterword by Shaw himself (and 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. Will she look forward to a lifetime of fetching Higgins's slippers or to a lifetime of Freddy fetching hers? You think I must go back to Wimpole Street because I have nowhere else to go but father's. Send another report Close feedback form. He is a strong man - well, she is an equally strong woman who will have what's best for her. She may be comical and pathetic in the beginning - but she knows she's not nothing (unlike the view of her that Henry Higgins has).
This was one of the first plays I've ever read, and to this day is one of my favorites. According to the famous movie, sparks also fly between Eliza and Higgins. " And from the afterword: "Even had there been no mother-rival, she would still have refused to accept an interest in herself that was secondary to philosophic interests. 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. 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. But don't you be too sure that you have me under your feet to be trampled on and talked down. " Galatea never does quite like Pygmalion: his relation to her is too godlike to be altogether agreeable.".more. But you know very well all the time that you're nothing but a bully. The thing is - Higgins, contrary to his belief, did not "create" Eliza, like the famous literary Pygmalion created his Galatea; he merely gave her more power to achieve what she wants.
The combination of Shaw's wit and satire with creating an amazingly strong heroine was a treat to read! She refuses to play second fiddle even to a powerful and intimidating Higgins. There can be no doubt about the answer. Both Higgins and Eliza have remarkably strong characters and no wonder that problems ensue (well, 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. The many faces of Eliza Doolittle. A man, a social nothing.
I can't talk to you: you turn everything against me: I'm always in the wrong. " This was my first time reading this play in English, and reading it in the language it was intended to be read in highlighted even more the brilliance of Shaw as a playwright and the exquisite humor. She is a strong, independent and level-headed heroine who has guts and self-worth even before her 'magical' lady-like transformation. and that's where the Audrey Hepburn movie lost. But do they, really? 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.
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). Eliza has no use for the foolish romantic tradition that all women love to be mastered, if not actually bullied and beaten, " says aw in the afterword to his famous play. 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. no, Eliza Doolittle is not a woman to be ignored. She stands up for herself even when she is clearly in an unfavorable situation - a woman. Most people know this story, right? You can track the progress of your request at: If you have any other questions or comments, you can add them to that request at any time. " But to admire a strong person and to live under that strong person's thumb are two different things. If not from reading the play then from seeing the classic Hollywood's production. 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.
By the way, I think this" should be memorized and repeated on the daily basis by the contemporary authors, especially in the YA genre, who attempt to create female characters. This 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 aw in the afterword to his famous play. Maybe I can start a campaign encouraging authors' awareness of this". " And her feeling of self-worth only increases as the horizons of the society open up more for her. Link, provide a link to the page where you are experiencing the error. And what she wants does not include being ignored and fetching him his bloody slippers. A physically more intimidating one: ". A respected gentleman, a physically weaker creature. I won't be called a baggage when I've offered to pay like any lady. And that is just what Eliza did.
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. 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.