Pygmalion


PYGMALION

The title of this play is called Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. This is a play
about a man who picks a poor person off the street who sells flowers named Eliza Doolittle.
The man’s name is Henry Higgins. Henry makes a bet with another man named Pickering. The
bet was to see if Henry could make Eliza, the poor girl from the streets, into a elegant, beautiful
girl with good manners. But I think that Henry gets too attached to Eliza so when she overhears
Henry and Pickering talking about how they thank God it’s over, she gets really mad, Henry
and her get into a fight, and she leaves.
Henry Higgins was a gentleman. He dressed appropriately for different occasions and
always tried to look his best. Henry was could be called eccentric aswell because he looked
and acted a little odd at times. He looked to be among the high by the way he dressed and
spoke but at the same time he didn’t seem to be in the high class because of his lack of
manners.
Henry Higgins’ main trait was that he was sometimes coarse, rude at times. Being
coarse means that he could be rude or obscene on occasion. He shows this on a number of
different occasions. For example, when Eliza first makes an appearance at Henry’s mother’s
house, Henry was jumping all over the tables and screaming like a maniac. He also shows this
character trait when he is talking to Eliza at the end of the play, when he shows that he actually
does have feelings for her, she tells him that she loves Freddy and he loves her very much in
return. He then makes fun of Freddy saying that he is a pathetic loser and that he will never be
able to support a now high class woman like Eliza.
Although Henry is best described as coarse, he also possesses other traits aswell.
Henry Higgins is a well spoken gentleman, but in a different way. He speaks perfect English
and never makes a mistake in his pronunciation, he is actually not supposed to because he
himself teaches people to speak properly. He is very boisterous which means loud. He shows
this trait when he makes fun of Eliza when she does her expression, “Ahhaaaooo”! He tries to
imitate it and sounds very annoying while doing so. He is also very energetic. He shows us this
when he teaching Eliza how to become a lady, he’s jumping all over the room and screams at
her to get it right. He will not take advice from anybody and when he is arguing with somebody,
he always has to be right. He is also a very stubborn but yet determined person. He shows this
trait when his mother trys to give him advise but he won’t take it. He doesn’t show his emotions
well atall. When his mother tells him to tell Eliza how he feels about her, he doesn’t do anything
because he’s scared about what she’ll say.
Although Henry possessed many positive and negative traits, above all, Henry was a
coarse, rude man.

Category: English