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Alizabeth Madison English Comp. II Pygmalion Essay London Bridge is Falling Down: From One Class to Another Every culture has a way of classifying people into different classes; England is no different. In the play, Pygmalion , by George Bernard Shaw, a London flower girl is “re-classed” to be portrayed as a duchess. Her transformation is all done by the re-teaching her proper English. Pygmalion shows how language can be a social barrier in many ways; from Eliza Doolittle not being able to even work in the local flower shop due to her dialect, to Henry Higgins not fitting in with his mother’s friends because of his use of foul language. Eliza Doolittle is a young woman who sells bunches of violets for cheap, just to make a living. She wants to work in the flower shop but they won’t hire her. She tells Higgins that “they won’t take me unless I can talk more genteel” (2, 15), and this is why she is approaching him for language lessons. This is an example of how language can be a social barrier because she cannot
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