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George Bernard Shaw

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Artboard 1Sources: Broadway Musical Home, Encyclopaedia Britannica,New World Encyclopedia, The TelegraphCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Eliza, Act IVsold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else.The Irish playwright was one of the most successful early 20th century writers. He brought a new, realistic style of drama to theater that took aimwith wit and sincerityat controversial social topics. His works, including Man and Superman, earned him recognition, including a Nobel Prize and an Oscar.GEORGE BERNARD SHAW1856–1950AuthorSlippersRepresent class differences and Professor Higgins's disregard for Eliza MirrorRepresents the moment Eliza "sees" she can improve herself and her life Flower ShopSymbolizes Eliza's hopes and dreams SymbolsTransformationFrom a poor flower girl, Eliza becomes a strong, self-reliant lady. LanguageEliza breaks through class barriers by learning the language of the upper class. Appearance & IdentityLanguage and clothes change Eliza's appearance, but she must find inner strength. ThemesFriendshipLove InterestFamilyTeacher / StudentMain CharactersColonel PickeringKindly language expert; helps HigginsAlfred DoolittleEliza's lazy dustman fatherMrs. HigginsHenry Higgins's wise and stately motherFreddy Eynsford HillYoung gentleman; loves ElizaHenry HigginsProfessor of phonetics; tutors ElizaEliza DoolittleFlower girl; wants to be a ladyGeorge Bernard Shaw1913EnglishPlayAuthorFirst PerformedOriginal LanguagePygmalionRomancePygmalionby the NumbersShillings per hour Eliza offers Higgins for language lessons1Year Pygmalion premiered at His Majesty's Theatre in London1914Academy Awards won for the 1964 film adaptation My Fair Lady, starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn8Eliza Doolittle, an illiterate flower girl in London's Covent Garden, dreams of becoming a proper lady who works in a real flower shop. Professor Higgins takes on the challenge to tutor her in speech and manners, wagering that in six months, the "squashed cabbage leaf" will pass for a duchess. However, Eliza becomes much more.From Flower Girlto Liberated LadyOVERVIEWAct IV: "A Heartless Guttersnipe"Higgins has won the bet—but is shocked when his gloating drives Eliza away.Act I: The Flower Girl Eliza intrigues Professor Higgins with her dreadful "kerbstone" English.Act II: The Wager Higgins wagers with Pickering that he can pass Eliza off as a duchess in six months.Act III: A Garden PartyEliza struggles to be ladylike, and Mrs. Higgins rebukes Higgins and Pickering.Act V: MetamorphosisEliza emerges as a ladyin speech, manners, and soul.

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