Pygmalion Pygmalion Is A Comedy Which Features A Unique Relationship Between A Spunky Flower Girl And Her Speech Professor In This George Bernard Shaw Classic, Flower Girl Eliza Doolittle Teaches Her Speech Professor Henry Higgins That Being A Lady Is Than Just Speaking Like One This Is A Truly Important Work For Those Who Are Fans Of The Writings Of George Bernard Shaw And Should Not Be Passed Up By Individuals Who Are Fans Of Comedic And Witty Plays

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co founder of the London School of Economics Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama Over the course of his life he wrote than 60 plays Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but

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  • Hardcover
  • 156 pages
  • Pygmalion
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • English
  • 14 September 2019
  • 9781599867205

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  1. says:

    Reposting in honor of George Bernard Shaw s birthday, July 26 I am writing this review to honor my grandmother who recently passed away I lost track of the number of times we listened to the soundtrack of My Fair Lady either in her car, her apartment, or my house growing up To me Eliza Doolittle, Henry Higgins, and Colonel Pickering are as much the actors who played them as they are are the memories I created with my grandmother and great aunt while watching the movie or listening to its timeless songs By the time I finally read Pygmalion in script form in eighth grade English class and then subsequently watched the movie in class, I had the entire script memorized My entire class asked me for assistance in all the assignments associated with this unit, and of course, I demurred Ask me today, I still have most of the songs memorized, which of course came from Shaw s brilliant script My daughters favorite classic film is My Fair Lady because of the gorgeous costumes they see at Ascot race track and the Royal ball But what makes this Cinderella story timeless is not the costumes but the prose down to the last line, Eliza, where the devil are my slippers For those who have not read this tale or seen the film, take the time to do so You too could be captivated by Eliza the flower girl turned language pupil and create generations of memories.

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    Eliza has no use for the foolish romantic tradition that all women love to be mastered, if not actually bullied and beaten, says G.B.Shaw in the afterword to his famous play By the way, I think this quote should be memorized and repeated on the daily basis by the contemporary authors, especially in the YA genre, who attempt to create female characters Really Maybe I can start a campaign encouraging authors awareness of this quote HmmmmThis was one of the first plays I ve ever read, and to this day is one of my favorites The combination of Shaw s wit and satire with creating an amazingly strong heroine was a treat to read 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 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 The many faces of Eliza Doolittle.Most people know this story, right If not from reading the play then from seeing the classic Hollywood s production of 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 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 many choices besides finding herself a man According to the famous movie, sparks also fly between Eliza and Higgins But do they, really 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 of it. And that s where the Audrey Hepburn movie lost me 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 every notion of the happily ever after for Eliza and Higgins the ever after that was already clearly doomed in the play itself LIZA desperate Oh, you are a cruel tyrant I can t talk to you you turn everything against me I m always in the wrong But you know very well all the time that you re nothing but a bully You know I can t go back to the gutter, as you call it, and that I have no real friends in the world but you and the Colonel You know well I couldn t bear to live with a low common man after you two and it s wicked and cruel of you to insult me by pretending I could You think I must go back to Wimpole Street because I have nowhere else to go but father s But don t you be too sure that you have me under your feet to be trampled on and talked down I ll marry Freddy, I will, as soon as he s able to support me 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 oh, that awful last line of the movie and being ignored a woman who is not beyond a well aimed slippers throw to the face This being the state of human affairs, what is Eliza fairly sure to do when she is placed between Freddy and Higgins Will she look forward to a lifetime of fetching Higgins s slippers or to a lifetime of Freddy fetching hers There can be no doubt about the answer 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.And that is just what Eliza did. No, Eliza Doolittle is not a woman to be ignored She is a strong, independent and level headed heroine who has guts and self worth even before her magical lady like transformation 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 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 She stands up for herself even when she is clearly in an unfavorable situation a woman vs a man, a social nothing vs a respected gentleman, a physically weaker creature vs a physically intimidating one I won t be called a baggage when I ve offered to pay like any lady. 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. And her feeling of self worth only increases as the horizons of the society open up for her She refuses to play second fiddle even to a powerful and intimidating Higgins The thing is Higgins, contrary to his belief, did not create Eliza, like the famous literary Pygmalion created his Galatea he merely gave her power to achieve what she wants And what she wants does not include being ignored and fetching him his bloody slippers He is a strong man well, she is an equally strong woman who will have what s best for her And even if in the end the afterword Eliza s independence is not complete and she continues to owe a lot to the duo of Higgins and Pickering but again, somehow on her own terms But to admire a strong person and to live under that strong person s thumb are two different things. 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 the brilliance of Shaw as a playwright and the exquisite humor of it 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 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 of it It is an excellent read, a timeless one, thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking Easy 5 stars Galatea never does quite like Pygmalion his relation to her is too godlike to be altogether agreeable

  3. says:

    This is fun to read out loud in crazy English accents while stomping around your apartment The neighbors might not like it but screw em.

  4. says:

    Pygmalion, George Bernard ShawPygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological figure It was first presented on stage to the public in 1913 In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw s influences, W S Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story called Pygmalion and Galatea that was first presented in 1871 Shaw would also have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed Shaw s play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and its film version 2007 50

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    3.5 stars you have no idea how frightfully interesting it is to take a human being and change her into a quite different human being by creating a new speech for her It s filling up the deepest gulf that separates class from class and soul from soul Even if you are not already familiar with George Bernard Shaw s play Pygmalion, I m sure you are likely acquainted with either the on stage musical version or movie adaptation titled My Fair Lady I have fond memories of my high school s production of this classic tale I adored the music and my favorite scene was the Ascot Races My fifteen year old self was thrilled to don the gorgeous dress and feather hat of a lady attending the races And those lyrics to I Could Have Danced All Night still pop into my head on occasion even all these years later no I most certainly did not play the role of Eliza Doolittle Decades later I finally got around to reading the play on which the musical was based.Professor Henry Higgins is a renowned phoneticist who takes on a bet and an experiment of sorts with Colonel Pickering to turn a common, street corner flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a well bred lady, simply by changing her language and her dress The ultimate goal is to pass her off as a duchess at the ambassador s garden party Eliza, with a dream of owning her own flower shop someday, agrees to the project The ensuing dialogue is sharp and entertaining Shaw makes some brilliant statements about social class and gender distinctions through his characters What I had forgotten, or perhaps it was not as glaringly obvious to me years ago, is that Professor Higgins is a bit of an ass Well, when I ve done with her, we can throw her back into the gutter and then it will be her own business again so that s all right I had to set aside my dislike and realize that this is one of the points Shaw is trying to get across societal expectations and the objectification of women, among others The ability to make change is inherent in each one of us, however, and can provide the freedom necessary to find a better station in life My first attempt to actually read George Bernard Shaw was rather a success, although I still prefer actually seeing a play to reading one Perhaps I just had a bit of nostalgia for this and wanted of a visual experience Nevertheless, I d rate this 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars If I can t have kindness, I ll have independence

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    A lot of my reading at the moment seems to revolve around the relationship between art and artist, creator and creation.Reading other reviews on Pygmalion , I realise how strange my approach to it was, and how disappointed I was at first because my expectations were not met I chose it as part of a reading challenge I set myself a couple of years ago to read all Nobel Laureates in literature The title appealed to me, and I was thrilled to explore a modernist s take on the ancient myth of Pygmalion Believe it or not, I had never realised that My Fair Lady , which I love, is based on this play, and I waited for GREEK characters to show up, as I had been immersing myself in Enlightenment art concerned with the artistic questions raised in the Pygmalion story Falconet s sculpture of the misogynistic sculptor falling in love with his own creation, kneeling in front of the carefully chiselled woman, praying to Aphrodite to make her come alive, that was what I was waiting for I kept wondering about the charming cockney and 19th century scientific approach to social class distinctions I enjoyed the reading experience, but could not make sense of it at all Don t judge a book by its title, I was inclined to say, until it dawned on me all of a sudden that a Shaw s Pygmalion was linked to the musical My Fair Lady , and b Higgins had than a trace of Pygmalion, in fact was his modern alter ego Just like the ancient artist, he did not quite expect the outcome of his experiment, and Eliza Doolittle, like so many other literary creatures, does a beautiful job of emancipating herself from her creator Art is quite amazing that way as soon as it enters the world, it has a life of its own, and the artist is forced to watch its development together with other spectators I like that idea, as it symbolises the relationship between older and younger generations as well we are nurtured and shaped by our parents choices, but when we grow up, the freedom and responsibility is ours.In a way, Frankenstein and Moreau s monsters in The Island of Doctor Moreau demonstrate the same emancipation process, and I don t think it is a coincidence that artists and writers of the 19th century were obsessed with that theme, as the world went through major political, social, economic and scientific changes.Shaw showed wonderful creativity when transforming the ancient myth into modern life while keeping the essential questions alive And his creation lives its own, independent life as well Must read for anyone interested in the eternal human questions, as well as 19th 20th century social history Along with O Neill s Mourning Becomes Electra , this is my favourite merging of myth and modern drama

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    Pygmalion was an ancient Greek legend, who was a sculptor and a king He fell in love with his own ivory statue of his own ideal woman He prayed In response to his prayer, the Goddess gave life to the statue and then the king married it This much of information was sufficient for me to know why the title of this book was chosen by G.B Shaw, Pygmalion I very much liked the character of Mr Higgins in the play He is a professor and scientist of phonetics and very confident about his knowledge and acumen.While reading the book I realized that everyone is like Pygmalion Everyone likes and adores whatever is created by him or her Three years old daughter of my neighbor first makes a bridge from the cards and then claps and laughs seeing it, and during this spree when someone breaks it or it is shattered by the wind, she weeps She perhaps loves her creation Though momentary, she expresses the feelings of love and pain with a unique sort of fervor to those childish maneuvers and efforts.I too was probably like Pygmalion when I was a kid, but unlike this small daughter of my neighbor, I did not feel pain when one day my creation was destroyed My creation was a cat made up of snow When one day there occurred, an event of a very heavy snow fall, all houses and trees were covered with the white sheet of snow and remained covered for a few days I made a sculpture of cat of the snow, just outside the window of my room It was not an exact replica of a cat, In fact it looked like a small cow, a bit bulky in size and a bit distorted but still it was a cat for me and I had placed a few whiskers of string on its front bulging shape, which according to me was the mouth of my cat, and I inserted two small round glass shooters, a few inches above those whiskers to make them look like eyes of my cat My this awkward looking cat remained there just outside the window of my room for two days possibly There was not at all sunshine for two days Temperature was below zero and snow did not melt I kept watching my cat again and again and adored its ludicrous shape during those two days Then third day Sun shone with all its brilliance and in the very morning time itself, my cat melted away and disappeared But I did not feel bad as I knew by that time if snow would be there again, I would recreate my cat again However in that season there was no snowfall again And in the next season, I was one year older and the Pygmalion within me was now matured enough to make other kind of creations Actually I am talking all this rubbish because these two events just flashed over my mind when I was reading this play The character of Prof Higgins was very much like me, when I was a kid Overconfident and heartless I read this book for the first time and this was a wonderful experience Then I watched the 1938 movie of Leslie Howard as Professor Henry Higgins and Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle and this movie extraordinarily complemented my experience of reading the book What a fine movie and wonderful acting by its cast The only difference between the play and the movie was its ending Shaw kept his play realistic but there is a different ending in the movie, there might have been commercial reasons behind this change There are 5 acts in this play The beginning of this play is so sweet Thunders and then rain.People rushing into the shelters closing a dripping umbrella in the street A street flower girl calling the name of a young man and then a mother and daughter asking the street flower girl Now tell me how you know that young gentleman s name Prof Higgins, a scientist of phonetics, takes a challenge that he will be able to transform the cockney speaking Covent Garden flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a woman as poised and well spoken as a duchess He meets his challenge wonderfully There are such fools that they think style comes by nature to people in their position and so they never learn There is always something professional about doing a thing superlatively well Higgins is so obsessed with his work and knowledge that he hardly appreciates anything else, whether they are emotions or other trivial felicities of our surroundings.When Liza feels something for him and he denies her She feels letdown Liza what did you do it for if you didn t care for me Higgins Why , because it was my job.Liza you never thought of the trouble it would make for me.Higgins Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble There is only one way of escaping trouble and that s killing things Cowards, you notice, are always shrieking to have trouble some people killed. Probably many people are already familiar with story and they have seen many movies based on the play, but for me this was first time Even in my school days I missed this book, so a highly satisfying five star read for me This enriched me on many levels I am quenched

  8. says:

    I was surprised.this is not a love story I only vaguely remember the musical, and the outcome I envisioned is not what happens in the play.I remember Eliza Dolittle as a poor flower girl, and the bet between two upper class gentlemen to turn a street guttersnipe into a proper lady, but not the horribly chauvinistic treatment she receives or the choices she makes in the end.Totally enjoyed it

  9. says:

    SPOILER A fountainhead of inspiration for countless projects, Pygmalion is actually not about love, and, this being a Shaw play, is all about social classes, manners and, what phonetics Also about humanity about the power play inherent in all types of relationships Higgins, undeniably a gay man completely up to give the Betty a total overhaul, is not loveable, not even likeable He s a tyrant but he is written o so well, with British wit to spare He is the prototypical academic a sociopath, even Eliza Doolittle, however, well, her character has made it into the popular consciousness at once na ve and downtrodden, she is eager to learn, she is motivated to become better than who she is Her lines drip with syrup but I like her a lot, too.Alas, this is something quite unexpected The plot itself is pretty dull We get no lessons from Higgins, we only see the transformation complete The metamorphosis and the theme of taking on human projects has been recycled, as I ve said, to no end But the ending is quite extraordinary instead of the usual romantic finale, the ending we are given stops only on the stage, but Shaw continues an epilogue for his most famous play, telling the reader why Eliza chooses Freddy over he s gay Higgins Incredibly realistic, this unromantic end Shaw is definitely a realist yet it s difficult not to find most of his works instantaneously endearing.

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    If you happen to be the Wayans Brothers and are stuck for ideas about where your next racist, sexist, gratuituously offensive comedy is going to come from, have you considered doing a gender and color reversed version of Pygmalion I feel it has real potential My first thought is to reunite Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher from Guess Who Mac, in drag, plays Henrietta, a black linguist who bets her friend Picky Oprah that she can turn preppy white boy Kutcher into a bro within six weeks Here s the warm up joke, which I was told many years ago at a linguistics conference by a black colleague So there s this black dude and this white dude, and they re arguing about what color God is In the end, they agree that there s only one way to find out They get down on their knees, and they pray to God to reveal this important piece of information to His unworthy servants There s a peal of thunder, and then they hear this booming voice from the sky saying I AM WHAT I AM Well, you was right says the black dude Cuz if He was black, He d have said Ah IS what Ah IS

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