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© Public Consulting Group, Inc., with a perpetual license granted to Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, Inc. NYS Common Core ELA Curriculum G7:M2B:U2:L11 June 2014 7
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Grade 7: Module 2B: Unit 2: Lesson 11 Supporting Materials This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Exempt third-party content is indicated by the footer: © (name of copyright holder). Used by permission and not subject to Creative Commons license.
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GRADE 7: MODULE 2B: UNIT 2: LESSON 11 Pygmalion : Epilogue Adaptation Name: Date: The rest of the story need not be shown in action. Indeed, it would not require telling at all if people were not so accustomed to fairy-tale endings. The common expectation would be that Eliza, as heroine of this drama, would marry Henry Higgins, its hero. This is a thoughtless, absurd assumption, which should be obvious to anyone with any human feeling. When Eliza Doolittle told Henry Higgins she would not marry him, she was not playing at being coy and flirtatious. She had announced a well-considered decision for herself: Eliza was a young woman who knew she was free to choose a husband for herself, and she chose not to marry Higgins. Why do we want Eliza to marry Higgins, and why has she decided she could not marry him? One of the reasons Higgins supplies for us himself when he tells his mother that he would not marry because he would never find anyone as charming as she was. Eliza sensed his first loyalty to his mother and was instinctively aware that Higgins would never be the kind of man who would be open to love, that he did not have “the makings of a married man in him.” Furthermore, Eliza did not want to be a second interest to him, with his research into phonetics being his first love and passion. These reasons, coupled with Higgins’s bullying personality, provide more than enough grounds for her refusing to marry him. Whom will Eliza marry? Recall that she mentions to Higgins that young Mr. Frederick Eynsford Hill, known as Freddy, has been pouring his heart out to Eliza in daily love letters. What is the attraction? Freddy is a gentleman, treats her kindly, loves her unaffectedly, and is unlikely to dominate Eliza in any way. And marry Freddy is exactly what Eliza did. Eliza and Freddy had difficulties, but they were economic, not romantic. Freddy’s family kept up the appearances of their former wealth with “an air of gentility,” but they were really quite poor. Freddy had no occupation and no education to support Eliza. Eliza’s Created by Expeditionary Learning, on behalf of Public Consulting Group, Inc. © Public Consulting Group, Inc., with a perpetual license granted to Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, Inc. NYS Common Core ELA Curriculum G7:M2B:U2:L11 • June 2014 9
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GRADE 7: MODULE 2B: UNIT 2: LESSON 11 father, having come into sudden and strange wealth, refused to support the couple and add to his growing financial burdens. Colonel Pickering alone came to the rescue.
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