Pygmalion Hi-lit LP Partial

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P y g m a l i o n “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein z # * Cite scenes and quotes from the play to illustrate your responses to the questions below. 1. The Royal Opera is in Covent Garden, until 1974 the principal produce market in London. What might such a juxtaposition in the setting imply? And the fact that it rains on everyone? Two classes , yet both are alike: rain (& suffering) comes to everyone—egalitarian . (See p 66) “We all breathe the same air; we all cherish our children's futures; and we are all mortal.”—JFK 2. What impression do The Mother, The Daughter and Freddy make on you in the opening scene? Upper-class women. Daughter (Clara Eynsford Hill) a mean snob. Mother (Mrs. Eynsford Hill) appears more reasonable & compassionate: pays Eliza for the flowers—tho’ wants info from her. Freddy (Eynsford Hill) cooperative, if not like a lackey; a bit of a boy. How do you respond to each of them as the play goes on? How do they shed light on the main characters of the play? 3. What kind of man is The Gentleman—Colonel Pickering? What does he add to the play? How is he a foil for Professor Higgins? Col. Pickering lends stability, dignity, morality. Not as accomplished linguistically as Higgins, but able to understand and appreciate him: helps us to value Higgins as well as see his foibles. Gives the appropriate moral judgment Higgins lacks . But also gives Higgins the moral support of being understood at the intellectual level at which H operates. Act I : Pickering wears evening dress—upper class—but is polite to Liza , whereas Higgins is not. Kind : helps Liza with change. Protective : defends her against Higgins’s rudeness. Respectful of Liza: treats her with courtesy—“Miss Doolittle.” Act II : Protective : “This girl must understand” what is going to be happening (20). . . Moral : “Are you a man of good character” (21) so far as women are concerned, Higgins? Intelligent : Asks pertinent questions re. Liza and her father. Fair : “Do let him tell his story, Higgins.” Morally alert when Doolittle tries, in essence, to sell his daughter to Higgins. Judges the wrongness, whereas Higgins treats Doolittle’s unfatherly ploy with amoral amusement, as if a game.
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