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George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion G.B Shaw believed that people should not be limited by their birth, environment or speech. With reference to Act 1 & Act five of Pygmalion, show how Eliza finds her status affected by all of these factors. At the time George Bernard Shaw wrote Pygmalion in 1912, many people were troubled with accents that prevented them from reaching high & in act 1, Eliza's character is an example of this. In act 1, we see how Eliza was very limited by her environment, her job, & her speech by the way that she was treated differently for who she was....   [tags: George Shaw Pygmalion Essays] 1904 words
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Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion The passage taken from Act 2 of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion marks a critical turning point in the plot line and character development of the novel. The characters of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, who have met earlier by mere coincidence, have now deliberately begun a relationship, due to various motives. Eliza wants to move up in the hierarchy of society and Henry wants to prove his talent to Colonel Pickering. The extract is significant because it initiates a long learning process for Eliza and because Henry changes the next six months of his life, if not the rest of it....   [tags: Bernard Shaw Pygmalion] 1100 words
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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw - OVERALL ANALYSES CHARACTER ANALYSIS Shaw has often been criticized for his inability to create well- developed round characters. His characters are usually seen as mere puppets propelled by the crisis of the plot or as mouthpieces for his socialist viewpoint. However in Pygmalion,, Shaw vindicates himself of these charges by the creation of rounded and life-like characters such as Higgins and Eliza. Clearly they are not authorial stooges. They have a peculiar quality that leaves a lasting imprint on the reader's memory....   [tags: Pygmalion Shaw Character Analysis] 1580 words
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Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw - "Pygmalion" by Bernard Shaw The word 'benefit' is defined as; 'a favourable or helpful factor or circumstance'. Many benefits are not immediately recognised, as they can be the result of something bad. In the play 'Pygmalion', by Bernard Shaw, Liza gains many benefits, but also disadvantages from her relationship with Higgins. Looking at benefits, she receives some beautiful clothes; 'I'm to have fashionable clothes' (p. 63), a good place to stay and financial ease. She meets other friends such as Freddy; 'I'll marry Freddy, I will' (p....   [tags: Pygmalion Bernard Shaw Essays] 1085 words
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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw's father, George Carr Shaw, was an alcoholic which meant not much money was spent on Shaw's education, therefore he was mainly self-taught, since he was self-taught he never had ideas forced upon him, this caused him to turn into a strong minded individual who expressed his opinions. He was a socialist and a critic who believed strongly in equality. Shaw wrote many plays, which expressed his opinions, one of the most famous being Pygmalion....   [tags: Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw Essays] 1237 words
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Candida by George Bernard Shaw - Candida by George Bernard Shaw This isn't necessarily a negative thing; they're all well suited to each other, and create a sort of synergy that drives the play. But they're each quite different in their own respect. The main ones, Candida, Eugene and James are all written to be strong characters, and the way they were portrayed in the production our class saw lived up to this classification. However, this doesn't apply to everything. Some of the characters were stretched to make the play appeal to a newer generation in a newer day and age, at the expense of the dignity of at least one of the characters....   [tags: Candida George Bernard Shaw Essays] 577 words
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Lesson in Shaw's Pygmalion - Lesson in Shaw's Pygmalion Writing Pygmalion in a Play format allowed Shaw to present his often-disputable views to an extended audience in a convenient, enjoyable format. By using this means to put over his message the audience is having a good night out at the theatre, as well as being taught a lesson. Society was changing at an alarming rate and Shaw wanted to make sure his audiences were pushed into thinking about issues such as imminent feminism, the class system and the importance in the way we speak....   [tags: Drama Shaw Pygmalion Play Essays Papers] 578 words
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Evolution in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - Evolution in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion   In the play, Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, Professor Higgins, an expert in the art of speech, bets Colonel Pickering, another master of phonetics, that he can take a common flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, and pass her off as a duchess at an ambassador's Garden Party. During this story, Shaw uses the characters to demonstrate the necessity of human evolution. As Eliza's verbal ability increases, so does her personality and self-esteem; and Higgins's failure to recognize her changes leads to a severe strain on their relationship....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw Pygmalion Essays]
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Does Eliza Become a Lady in In George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’ - George Bernard Shaw who was born in Dublin in 1856, was a renowned play writer and a talented platform speaker. He is most famously known for his successful play ‘Pygmalion’ which was widely accepted as one of the most noted comedies of the time. It was written two years before the 1st world war, at a time when society was divided and the poor were severely disadvantaged whilst the rich were idle and blindly living their life, unconcerned about the affairs of others. At the time, Britain had thriving economy and it was a successful country because of its industry, trade and empire....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, classism, ]
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Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession - Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession In Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Shaw presents prostitution as a result of few economic opportunities for lower class women (rather than of hedonism, laziness, or depravity, as was commonly believed at the time this play was written) through the characters of Mrs. Warren and her daughter Vivie. When Vivie initially finds out her mother was once a prostitute, she responds in the typical Victorian fashion: with scorn and indignation. The prevailing mindset of the time was one that lauded personal responsibility....   [tags: Bernard Shaw Warren's profession Essays]
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Comparing Journey of the Magi by Eliot and Pygmalion by Shaw - T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘Journey of the Magi’ is rich in content, imagery, symbolism and above all Biblical References. The poem throws some powerful questions to all the readers and seeks answers from them. This poem is very deep and hard to understand at the very first reading. Its charm lies in its complexity and ambiguity. Here the poet talks about journey of three wise men from East and their struggle. Their journey starts at a very tough time of the atmosphere – “the worst time of the year” and that makes the task altogether more difficult....   [tags: T.S. Eliot G.B. Shaw] 1142 words
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Irwin Shaw's The Girls in Their Summer Dresses - Irwin Shaw's "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses"      In Irwin Shaw?s ?The Girls in Their Summer Dresses,. Michael?s character may be questioned by the reader. He may seem to portray himself as an unfaithful husband who essentially gets caught in the act early on in the story. However, Michael had yet to do anything to physically betray his wife, and there is no proof that he would in the future.      In society, many spouses or fiancées have fantasized about having sexual relations with another man or woman....   [tags: Irwin Shaw Girls Summer Dresses Essays]
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Irwin Shaw's The Girls in Their Summer Dresses - Irwin Shaw's The Girls in Their Summer Dresses In The Girls in Their Summer Dresses, it is necessary to explore the personal differences that cause problems in the relationship of the couple. The details of the story will lead to a conclusion that for Michael the relationship could just be a mere convenience or an affection solely generated by his physical wanting of Frances, so with the way she looks and appreciates the girls of New York. Frances calling the Stevensons shows her attitude which is passivity and lack of idealism to confront the relationship with his husband....   [tags: Girls Summer Dresses Irwin Shaw Essays] 678 words
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George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple - George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple When we are first introduced to Richard Dudgeon, at the reading of his late father Timothy's will in his childhood home, we have already learned of his character from the opinions of three other characters: firstly, his mother, then from Anthony Anderson, the minister, and finally, from Anderson's wife Judith. None of these accounts are in Richard's favour, although Anthony Anderson is perhaps the least against Richard of them all. Richard's mother considers Richard to be the lowest of the low and a disgrace to his society; she believes that there is nothing admirable about him at all....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw Devil's Disciple Essays] 2160 words
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Metamorphosis of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw - The Metamorphosis of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw   The benefits of acquiring an education are not limited to the academic aspects often associated with it. Part of the edification it bestows includes being enabled to reach new insight, being empowered to cultivate a new awareness, and being endowed with a new understanding of life and of self. In Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, Eliza Doolittle experiences this type of enlightenment as the result of undergoing a drastic change in social status....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw Pygmalion Essays]
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Hypocritical Christianity Exposed in Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara - Hypocritical Christianity Exposed in Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara Bernard Shaw reveals in his plays a type of religious standard that is not unlike Christianity but with what most people see as a stereotypical view of hypocritical Christianity. Shaw's concept of Crosstianity , as he calls it, shows a religion in which the church preaches what the rich and powerful tell it, scoundrels are treated as equals, and punishment is concerned with prosecution rather than salvation. "Poetic justice" rules judicial retribution rather than redemption....   [tags: Bernard Shaw Major Barbara Essays]
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Idealism and Realism in Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara - Idealism and Realism in Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara Submerged in their own ideas about idealism and realism, Barbara and her father Undershaft are at odds with one another in Major Barbara. In this Bernard Shaw play, minor characters are important in exemplifying these conflicting values. The moral perplexities of capitalism and charity are explored through the words and actions of Undershaft’s family, his future sons-in-law, and the common folks at the Shelter. Thriving in the British upper class, Undershaft’s wife and son are well aware of Undershaft’s grip on Europe’s economy and government....   [tags: Bernard Shaw Major Barbara Essays]
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Contradictions of Character in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - Pygmalion: Contradictions of Character “Manners are the happy way of doing things” according to Ralph Waldo Emerson. According to Emerson people use manners as a front to make themselves look better. Inherently, this will lead to a contradiction of the front and the reality. One such man who is most concerned with manners is the protagonist of Shaw’s Pygmalion, Professor Henry Higgins. Higgins is a man who displays contradictions within his character. He is in the business of teaching proper manners, although lacks them himself....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw Pygmalion Essays] 976 words
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Analysis of Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw - Analysis of Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw "Arms and the Man" starts with gunfire on a dark street in a small town. The romantic and willful Raina is about to begin her true-life adventure by sheltering the handsome fugitive Bluntschli, enemy of her equally handsome fiancé Sergius The setting of the play is in war-torn Bulgaria, and focuses not only on the romance between the young people of the play, but the atrocities that go on during war times and the ability of people not so very far removed from these atrocities to ignore them completely....   [tags: Plays George Bernard Shaw Literature Essays] 894 words
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Lies in George Bernard Shaw’s play, "Mrs. Warren’s Profession" - You can tell a lot about a person by the way they dress, by the cars they drive, and by the people they associate themselves with. You can also learn a lot about a person by what they say, because their honesty, or lack-there-of, shows the type of person they are. When a person is forthright, it is easy to believe and trust the person; however, when the person has tendencies to be misleading or manipulative, the trust is not as evident. To lie, according to www.answers.com, means to present false or invalid information with the intent of deceiving or misleading another person....   [tags: honesty, lies, George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s ] 1065 words
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Social Classes in George Bernard Shaw’s "Pygmalion" and the Movie "My Fair Lady" - George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, is a humorous, yet moral, play that portrays the active social classes and lifestyles in Britain. The play features the main character Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, who embarks on the formidable task of teaching a flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, how to speak English properly, and then passing her off as a duchess at the royal ball. Pygmalion was later adapted into the film, My Fair Lady in 1964, and although there are many differences between the two, the play delivers Shaw’s central message of social criticism, which is not to interfere within other social classes and not to meddle in society, more effectively than the movie....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, classism, My Fair ] 567 words
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Alernatiove Ending to George Bernard Shaw´s Pygmalion - Alternative Ending to Pygmalion Act V After Higgins, confesses to his undying love for Eliza. Eliza decides to leave Higgins’s home because felt that it would only hurt Higgins more to have her stay another moment in his home because she did not share the same feelings for him. She now resides at the home of Mrs. Higgins. Mrs. Higgins’s drawing room. She is at her writing-table as before. The parlor-maid comes in. THE PARLOR MAID [at the door]: Mr. Henry, madam, is downstairs MRS. HIGGINS: Well, show him up....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw Pygmalion] 1063 words
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Bernard Shaw - George Bernard Shaw is known by many as the most significant English playwright since the seventeenth century. He wrote fifty-seven plays in his lifetime, and a vast majority of them were revolutionary in their themes. On July 26, 1856, George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland. Shaw was the first son of his parents, George and Lucille, but had two sisters upon his arrival. Although they lived in Ireland, the Shaws were Protestants and George Bernard was baptized in the Church of England; however, he was never very religious and never enjoyed attending church....   [tags: essays research papers] 1931 words
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Shaw's Pygmalion - Shaw's Pygmalion Pygmalion can be classified as a comedy. The objects of the comedy centralize around the people, the ideas and the attitudes. The first humorous part of the play is with Mrs Eynsford-Hill and her daughter Clara waiting for Clara's brother Freddy to get them a taxi as it was pouring with rain. They get annoyed so Clara asks, 'do you expect us to go and get one ourselves?'. The audience/reader of this play finds this humorous because the Eynsford-Hills are stereotypical of middle class people who stick rigidly to their position in society....   [tags: Papers] 822 words
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George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" - ... When the experiment is finished, the two men celebrate and congratulate one another, but they do not consider Eliza’s feelings and she ends up feeling unwanted and used yet again with no other place to go because her speech has become proper and her being and self-worth have improved drastically in such a short amount of time. When everyone is off to bed for the night, Eliza decides to head off for good before everyone wakes up, but in doing so, she is feeling conflict within herself because she feels she has no place to belong to in the world anymore....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Eliza's Transformation in Shaw's Pygmalion - Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw is a play that shows a great change in the character Eliza Doolittle. As Eliza lives in poverty, she sells flowers to earn her living. Eliza does not have an education. This shows through the way that she does not have the most proper way of speaking. This happens through when Eliza is speaking to the other characters when she meets then when she is still at a low level of poverty in her life. To understand the reasons Eliza is able to change and be changed into an almost Cinderella like character....   [tags: Pygmalion, compare, contrast, cinderella] 2234 words
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George Bernard Shaw's Life and Works - ... The first is Professor Henry Higgins. Professor Higgins is an expert in phonetics and will use all types of recorders and photographs to monitor whomever to study a person’s phonetics that he is working with. Professor Higgins can be a bully and rude at times. The next character is Eliza Doolittle. Eliza is the flower girl that Professor Higgs will work with for months to change her from the lower class status to upper class by changing her speech and the way she acts in public. Colonel Pickering also studies phonetics but not as obsessive as Higgins....   [tags: Biography]
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George Brenard Shaw - On the night of July 26th, 1856 one of the greatest playwrights in history, George Bernard Shaw, was born. George’s mother, Lucinda Elizabeth Gurly, was an aristocrat, while his father, George Gurly, was a poor alcoholic. Shaw had two sisters, Elinour Agness, who died of tuberculosis at age 20, and Lucinda Frances who died of starvation at age 40. Both were spinsters and had no children. In Dublin the theatre was the only thing that actually interested, and had something to offer to Shaw. George also went to many schools while living in Dublin, including the Wesleyan Connexional School, but said he learned little from schools and was self-educated....   [tags: essays research papers] 1139 words
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Shaw's "Candida" as a Drama of Ideas - Shaw himself wrote that Candida `is a counterpoint to Ibsen's Doll's House, showing that in the real typical doll's house it is the man who is the doll'.Ibsen in A Doll's House(1879)had shown how men treated their wives as inferior creatures, or dolls,and at the end of the play his heroin rebels and leaves her her husband .In Candida Shaw powerfully and effectively reverses Ibsen's idea. Counterpoint or reversal was Shaw's favourite technique in all of his plays.In Candida,he not only reverses the main idea of a Doll's House but also counterpoints the typical situation of an established type of Victorian domestic comedy.Play about romantic adultery,or its type possibility, were very popular in the nineteenth century.These plays usually featured a dull husband, a romantic wife, and an attractive, glamorous lover....   [tags: European Literature] 390 words
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The Battle for Space in Shaw - The Battle for Space in Shaw "Groups, classes or fractions of classes cannot constitute themselves or recognize one another as ‘subjects’ unless they generate (or produce) a space. Ideas, representation, or values which do not succeed in making their mark on space….will lose all pith and become mere sign…Space’s investment - the production of space – has nothing incidental about it: it is a matter of life and death." Henri Lefebve, The Production of Space Lefebvre's quote speaks of the production of space as a common, inevitable Occurrence....   [tags: Development Space] 3096 words
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A Discussion of Freedom by Shaw - FREEDOM George Bernard Shaw "My conscience is the genuine pulpit article, it annoys me to see people comfortable when they ought to be uncomfortable; and I insist on making them think in order to bring them to a conviction of sin." -----Shaw. The above quoted lines show us the uncompromising character of the man who never thought idealistically about literature, that is to say, one who never romanticized it. He considered all literature to be journalistic and his purpose was to convert the nation to his opinions....   [tags: Personal Essays] 1500 words
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Pygmalion, by Bernard Shaw - Bernard Shaw Pygmalion A Romance in Five Acts 1. Summary of the Play, page 2 2. Introduction and Short Analysis of the Main Character, page 4 3. Interpretation, page 5 4. Additional Information, page 7 5. Literature and Links, page 8 1. Summary London at 11.15 a.m., on a rainy summer day. Everybody’s running for shelter because of the torrential storm. A bunch of people ist gathering in St. Pauls church, looking outside and waiting for the rain to stop. Among the crowd, there is a young flower girl which grew up in the slums of London and therefore has a terribly bad language, although she is a good-natured, simple and pure being....   [tags: essays research papers] 3418 words
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Irwin Shaw’s Depiction of Opposing Ideology - "Writers of fiction, when they begin, are more likely to try the short form" (Shaw) -Irwin Shaw Irwin Shaw, an American playwright, screen writer, and novelist, enjoyed writing short stories. Assisting The New Yorker, Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, and a 700-page book with his short works, Shaw has established himself as a professional in his field. His stories ranged from the chant of social significance, to the tales of laborers and struggling families, and finally a mix of irony and poignancies....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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George Bernard Shaw: Critic, Writer, and Activist - In addition to being a political activist, a literary and musical critic, and a novelist, George Bernard Shaw was a playwright and a remarkable one at that; his extraordinary commentary on such facets of life as marriage, education, government, religion, and social status sets him apart from other playwrights of his time. The time of George Bernard Shaw’s education played a small, however important role in his career. The effect of his educational career as a student often moved into his literature....   [tags: Biography]
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Comedy of Ideas Illustrated in Shaw's Man and Superman - Man and Superman: A Comedy of Ideas Shaw’s Man and Superman is a comedy of ideas. He has presented a good number of ideas in Man and Superman but his treatment of these ideas is comic rather than serious. Serious ideas have been presented with wit and humour. For this comic treatment of serious ideas the play is regarded as a comedy of ideas. Shaw’s aim was to make certain ideas, which were unpalatable to the early twentieth century society, receive attention among the thinking public. In the wit and sparkle of a comedy he thought people would be interested, and once interest was created, the ideas presented along with the comedic would be less objectable ....   [tags: term paper, literary analysis] 2413 words
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The Life and Career of George Bernard Shaw - The Life and Career of George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw was an iconoclastic writer and speaker who embraced many subjects that his peers had not yet dared to embrace. He is considered to be the best and most significant playwright since William Shakespeare. His life and career were focused mainly on social reform. Bernard was born on July 26, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. His parents were mother Lucinda Elizabeth Garly and father George Carr Shaw. His father and grandfather were both alcoholics....   [tags: Papers] 803 words
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The Suppression Of Women In Pygmalion - Twentieth century Britain is dubbed the Victorian era in which the woman is just the female of humanity, and that they have certain things to do in society. It is socially accepted that women care solely for the children, the house, the cooking and the cleaning and the men are the breadwinners and disciplinarians. Writer, Bernard Shaw, who was "dedicated to tearing down what he saw as the oppressive veil of Victorian ideal of womanhood-that women are self-sacrificing, pure, noble, and passive" (2215)....   [tags: Bernard Shaw] 1377 words
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Division of Social Classes through Language: George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" - An important lesson that has been learned throughout life and the beginning of time is to respect the individual’s content and not their image. It is shown throughout George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion, that different people can be brought together in the same circumstance, being a heavy rain shower in London, but distance themselves so effusively because of outer appearances. The situation between the nonintellectual flower-girl and the sophisticated Pickering, Higgins, and the Mother-daughter is drawn out over the judgment of her poor speech and her value as a person as she constantly defends herself against their prejudice....   [tags: Social Classes, classism, Language, George Bernard] 1184 words
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Critical Analysis of George Bernard Shaw’s Play, Arms and the Man - George Bernard Shaw produced Arms and the Man in 1894 which was later published in 1898 as part of his Plays Pleasant volume, which also included Candida, You Never Can Tell, and The Man of Destiny.The play was created in the era of the Victorian society, when most plays were comedies and lighter drama, nevertheless it was one of Shaw's first commercial successes. As Moliere once said satire is "biting exposure of human folly which criticizes human conduct, and aims to correct it", and in his play Arms and the Man, Shaw presents his great ability of writing satire by showing the reader a world full of misunderstandings, romance, materialism and the absurdity of life, while decrying the paradoxes in human character....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 1629 words
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An Analysis of Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw - An Analysis of Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw *No Works Cited Saint Joan is considered to be one of George Bernard Shaw's greatest works. The play deals with subject matter pertaining to events after the Death of Joan of Arc. In the play, Shaw avoids many problems identified by critics as prevalent in some of his other writing. Some have criticized Shaw, claiming that he tends to portray unrealistic archetypal characters, rather than well-rounded believable individuals....   [tags: Papers] 1166 words
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Themes of George Bernard Shaw's Play Pygmalion - Themes of George Bernard Shaw's Play Pygmalion Pygmalion and My Fair Lady are a modern parallel of the story of Pygmalion, legendary sculptor and King of Cyprus, who fell in love with his own statue of Aphrodite. At his prayer, Aphrodite brought the statue to life as Galatea. George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion is the story of Henry Higgins, a master phonetician, and his mischievous plot to pass a common flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, off as a duchess at the Embassy Ball. In order to achieve his goal, Higgins must teach Eliza how to speak properly and how to act in upper-class society....   [tags: Papers] 1140 words
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The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw - The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw In the melodrama The Devils Disciple by George Bernard Shaw, Judith Anderson is the only character that becomes a ‘changed’ person at the end of the play. At first glance, the two main characters Richard Dudgeon and Anthony Anderson seem to be the characters that undergo a character exchange. But as we study the play in greater detail, we are able to explore the significant changes Shaw has intentionally inflicted in Judith Anderson, to convey the theme of ‘appearance and reality’....   [tags: Papers] 570 words
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The Role of Education in Shaw's Pygmalion and Russell's Educating Rita - The Role of Education in Shaw's Pygmalion and Russell's Educating Rita Both plays show that education can be used as a tool for emancipating working class individuals. Both Eliza and Rita get uprooted and have to give up personal features. Language is linked up with identity and both find a new identity through education. Rita is treated in the way according to her language. Yet pure language training doesn't transform her character and identity profoundly. Her change is simply external....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 328 words
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Comparing The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw - The play Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw, which is about a ‘draggle tailed guttersnipe’ of a woman, Eliza, who receives elocution lessons from a professor, Mr. Higgins, and metamorphoses into a Lady; they consequently fall in love. It is set in the late nineteenth century, during the Victorian era, in London. The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, is about a town hysterically overcome by accusations of witchcraft, set in Salem on the East coast of America in the late seventeenth century. One of the major differences between the two plays is the period in which they are set (Pygmalion is set in the early twentieth century, The Crucible in the Seventeenth)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1008 words
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Compare and contrast the ways in which Shaw and Dickens present irony - Compare and contrast the ways in which Shaw and Dickens present irony through their narrative voice in The Devil's Disciple and A Tale of Two Cities. The most obvious contrast between the two texts is the fact that 'A Tale of Two Cities' is a novel, while 'The Devil's Disciple' is a play. This difference of genre makes the use of the narrative voice vary greatly, despite the fact that both authors are trying to convey opinions and create images through the narrator. In its original form, 'A Tale of Two Cities' was meant to be read in instalments....   [tags: English Literature] 2303 words
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George Bernard Shaw and His Short Story About the Cremation of The Narrator's Mother - George Bernard Shaw and His Short Story About the Cremation of The Narrator's Mother In a written exerpt from a letter about the cremation of his mother, George Bernard Shaw recalls her “passage” with humor and understanding. The dark humor associated with the horrid details of disposing of his mother's physical body are eventually reconciled with an understanding that her spirit lives on. He imagines how she would find humor in the bizarre event of her own cremation. The quality of humor unites Shaw and his mother in a bond that transcends the event of death and helps Shaw understand that her spirit will never die....   [tags: essays research papers] 761 words
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Middle-Class-Morality and Comments on Class and Social Standing made by Shaw in Pygmalion - Middle-Class-Morality and Comments on Class and Social Standing made by Shaw in Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion is the story of Henry Higgins, a master phonetician, and his mischievous plot to pass a common flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, off as a duchess at the Embassy Ball. In order achieve his goal, Higgins must teach Eliza how to speak properly and how to act in upper-class society. The play pokes fun at "middle class morality" and upper-class superficiality, reflects the social ills of nineteenth century England, and attests that all people, regardless of class background, are worthy of respect and dignity....   [tags: Papers] 552 words
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Social Class in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and Heartbreak House - Missing Works Cited Social class can be thought of as a very important indicator of who a person is. Social class is defined as a broad group in society having common economic, cultural, or political status. Where somebody comes from can effect somebody's decision to become involved with that person or not, can effect whether that person will be hired for a job or not and can often effect they way one is looked at and treated by society. Either way, class distinction is always evident within society....   [tags: essays research papers] 3929 words
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Essay on Role of Rulers in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Shaw’s Saint Joan - Role of Rulers in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Shaw’s Saint Joan   Rulers, by definition, play a crucial role in a society. They choose the direction that the society will move, how it will move (whether it be imperial, economic, or militaristic in nature), and allocates the resources of the nation towards these goals. These leaders come to power in many different ways. Some are elected, some are appointed, and some seem to gain the position by strange strokes of fate. In literature, these individuals, their goals, and how they attained their position make a statement about the society they represent....   [tags: Aristophanes Lysistrata Essays] 843 words
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First Impressions in Bernard Shaw’s play The Devil’s Disciple - Bernard Shaw’s play “The Devil’s Disciple” is set in 1777 when the American War of British Independence was at its height. Richard Dudgeon is the main character in this production and he begins as a ‘black sheep’ in a family of self-righteous puritans. Richard has entitled himself “The Devil’s Disciple”. In the first Act of the play, Richard’s father has died and this starts the reading of his will. During this scene we get a lot of the other characters views on Richard before we meet him. It seems that almost everyone apart from Essie (Richard’s cousin)....   [tags: essays research papers] 1109 words
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Playing God: Interpreting The Doctor’s Dilemma Set Design at Shaw Festival 2010 - Over a century ago, when Bernard Shaw wrote The Doctor’s Dilemma in 1906, England’s health care was terrifyingly primitive. If one had the misfortune of falling ill during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, essentially, one had the choice of two treatment options. The sufferer could either turn to the local druggist to purchase an expensive patent medicine, of which the ingredients largely comprised of opiates or alcohol and were consequently addictive; or, the patient could visit the equally costly doctor and receive a diagnosis which often led to a treatment involving sharp knives, bleeding, and the prescribing of more addictive drugs....   [tags: Film Review]
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Olivia Shaw - Plot and Sub-Plot A Streetcar Named Desire ======================== The main plot in A Streetcar Named Desire is all based around the character Blanche DuBois and the never-ending downfall of her life. The play opens with Blanche arriving in New Orleans where she has come to find and stay with her sister Stella. Stella lives in an apartment with her controlling husband Stanley, when Blanche sees the apartment which she stays she cannot believe her sister lives in such a place. Blanche and Stella greet each with passion but before long Blanche becomes irritable....   [tags: English Literature] 1145 words
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An Analysis of Class and Gender Conflict in Pygmalion - "Pygmalion is a serious analysis of class and gender conflict." Bernard Shaw's play, entitled Pygmalion, transcends the nature of drama as a medium to be utilized for sheer entertainment value. Shaw's play powerfully comments on the capacity for the individual to overcome the boundaries established by systems of class and gender. Dominant assumptions and expectations may essentially prevent an individual from becoming socially mobile within a seemingly rigid hierarchical social structure. However, Liza, the protagonist utilizes language as the tool which enables the her to escape the confines of the lower class and to be regarded as a human of a certain degree of worth within society....   [tags: World Literature Bernard Shaw]
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Attributes Traditionally Associated With Masculinity And Femininity And Their Contrasts In Medea And Pygmalion - Medea Medea is a character existing outside of the typical Greek value and social systems that existed in the Greek Polis’s at the time of the play’s inception. She is strong willed, powerful, intelligent, cunning, volatile and independent. She possesses many traits and characteristics reserved and associated with Greek heroes in other plays common at the time. It could be possible to assume that a typical Greek audience of the time (likely predominantly male) would find this character absurd and ridiculous....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw Comparison] 1458 words
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Equality and Social Class in Pygmalion - Equality and Social Class in Pygmalion      The idea of ranking individuals based upon their wealth and behaviors has endured through all cultures, countries, and times.  George Benard Shaw's Pygmalion addresses an individual's capability to advance through society, an idea as old as social distinction.  Shaw does so through the social parable of a young English flower girl named Eliza Dolittle, who after receiving linguistic training assumes the role of a duchess.  She receives instruction, as a bet, by a self-absorbed language professor named Henry Higgens.  However, Eliza does not take her social ascension alone, as she is joined by her drunken father Alfred P....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw Pygmalion Essays]
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Eliza as a Strong, Assertive Woman in Pygmalion - Eliza as a Strong, Assertive Woman in Pygmalion Bernard Shaw’s comedy Pygmalion presents the journey of an impoverished flower girl into London’s society of the early 20th century. Professor Higgins proposes a wager to his friend Colonel Pickering that he can take a common peddler and transform her into royalty. Eliza Doolittle is the pawn in the wager. But little does Higgins know the change will go far beyond his expectations: Eliza transforms from a defensive insecure girl to a fully confident,strong, and independent woman....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw Pygmalion Essays] 596 words
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Pygmalion's Obsession with the Statue of Cyprus - Pygmalion's Obsession with the Statue of Cyprus Pygmalion decided to portray women as he searched for the most perfect being and he hadn't found any in Cyprus. He placed all his love and wishfulness in his statues and so the most beautiful of his creations was sculpted. Pygmalion, being a man, and having 'animal' urges, must have wanted a partner to share his emotions and get frisky with, so this was the perfect idea for him. What could be better, a woman with beautiful looks, and never talks back or argues with you....   [tags: Bernard Shaw Pygmalion Relationships Essays] 4126 words
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Victorian Playwrights - ... Wilde’s marriage seemed to be satisfactory for a short amount of time until Wilde’s notorious homosexual tendencies became apparent and he cheated on his wife with Lord Alfred Douglas in 1891. It was during this time that Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray was published. The following year, one of Wilde’s more popular plays, Lady Windermere’s Fan, was published. After a court case beginning in 1895, the same year that An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest were published (Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) 1), Wilde was convicted of “gross indecency” for his homosexual behavior (Background Information: Oscar Wilde 1)....   [tags: Theatre]
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Learning Gender In a Diverse Society - ... They assert what it means to be feminine and masculine varies in many countries but that there are still labels. They talk about how transgendered people push the envelope on what it is to be be considered feminine or masculine, because transgendered people identify themselves differently than the sex at their birth (Shaw, Lee 129). They show traits of what it is to be masculine and feminine. They say that masculinity in mainstream America means to be intelligent, courageous, honest, and to have aspect of the machismo element as well....   [tags: Gender Issues]
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Common Ground: Urban Sprawl and Wildlife - ... Furthermore, in the Sonoran Desert many plant species are affected, which also affects the animals that rely on those plants. She goes on to give numerous examples of animals and plants that are being harmed that spreads across the U.S., supporting the fact it is widespread. Yet, Shaw concludes, “wild animals increasingly find suburban life in the United States to be attractive.” (Shaw) She explains the suburbs are ideal places for wildlife, citing there are 32 known breeding pairs of bald eagles in Virginia, a species once thought to be on the brink of extinction....   [tags: Wildlife]
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Fate And Feminism - Fate And Feminism In both Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan, the reader is pushed to understand the nature of feminists in a new way. This purpose is carried out with the use of multiple feminist characters, a drastic change in a characters outlook on their situation, and the concept of making your own destiny. The protagonists in both of these literary works is female, and they are amazingly similar considering Shaw wrote Pygmalion eighty seven years before The Kitchen God's Wife was published in 1991....   [tags: essays research papers] 479 words
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"Glory": The Public's Viewpoint - The filmmakers of Glory depict the 54th Massachusetts volunteer infantry from the point of view of its commanding officer, Robert Shaw. As shown in the film and from the reading materials, we know that the 54th regime was the first formal U.S. Army regime comprised only of African-American soldiers. After watching the film, we can infer that the filmmakers were interested in depicting the African-American Men from the public’s viewpoint. Rather than depicting the struggles within the African-American soldiers, film is more in line with how the other Northern soldiers and their communities disapprovingly dealt with the 54th Massachusetts volunteer infantry....   [tags: Glory, war, ]
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The Nature and Significance of Gender Relations in Mrs. Warren’s Profession - ... Warren's Profession.ii,235) Kitty still however remains restricted by the social restraints. The men within the play, especially Sir George Croft still have an influence over her, due to her being deeply affected by societies constraints towards women. Shaw’s idea of new women uninhibited by society’s restraints is present in Vivie; unlike her mother who remains and no doubt always will be a victim of social ideologies, she rejects the old values and is wholly independent, especially towards the end of the play when she gives up the monetary allowance she had been receiving from her mother....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Glory - Robert Gould Shaw was a son of wealthy Boston abolitionists. At 23 he enlisted to fight in the war between the states. The movie opens by Robert reading one of many letters he writes home. He is captain of 100 Union soldiers most of whom are older than himself. He speaks of the spirit of his men and how they are enthusiastic about fighting for their country just like the men in The Revolutionary war only this time they were fighting to give blacks freedom and to live in a United country where all can speak and live freely....   [tags: essays research papers] 576 words
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Movie Review of Glory - Movie Review of Glory The movie “Glory” tells the history and the story of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry. It became the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. The Regiment was made up of black soldiers – some were Northern freemen, some were escaped slaves. The leader was General Robert Gould Shaw, the son of Boston abolitionists. The men of the 54th Regiment proved themselves worthy of the freedom for which they fighting, and the respect of their fellow white soldiers....   [tags: Papers] 374 words
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The Individual vs. Society in Mrs. Warren's Profession - The Individual vs. Society in Mrs. Warren's Profession Often in life there is a conflict between what is good for the individual and the moral values placed upon the individual by society.  This is true of the characters in George Bernard Shaw's play Mrs. Warren's Profession.  Shaw clearly demonstrates that actions frowned upon by society are not necessarily evil so long as they benefit the individual.      Perhaps the most obvious example of societal morals conflicting with individual need is the case of Mrs....   [tags: Mrs. Warren's Profession Essays] 1544 words
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The Pelican Brief - The Pelican Brief 1º Summary Two Supreme Court Judges has been murdered. Darby Shaw, a law student, wrote a brief (The Pelican Brief) about the linking between the two murders and Vitor Mattience, the owner of an oil company which wants to build a factory in the Louisiana's Marshlands and also a close fiend of the United States' President. Shaw gave the brief to his teacher (and boyfriend) Thomas Callaham who gave it to a FBI lawyer friend of him. Several days after Callaham is murdered by a bomb-car....   [tags: English Literature Law Court System Essays] 891 words
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Sex and Gender - Sex and Gender The terms employed most frequently to describe the differences between men and women are 'sex' and 'gender'. Sex refers to the differing physical attributes of women and men (Lee, Shaw). The categories of sex are male and female. In every society sex differences are given social meanings. Social identity, which is confessed on the basis of assumed sexual differences, is called "gender" (Lee, Shaw)....   [tags: Papers] 1187 words
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Open Boat - "The Open Boat," by Stephen Crane, has been critiqued and deconstructed by many thinkers. One such critique is "The Dialogic Narrative of `The Open Boat'." This critique on Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," was written by two authors: Sura P. Rath and Mary Neff Shaw. The authors focused on a five main points in the duration of this Critique. First Mikail Baktin's theory of the "Five basic types of discourses," are discussed and used in the deconstruction of "The Open Boat." The critique then delves into the use of first-person actor-character to third person spectator-narrator....   [tags: American Literature] 543 words
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The Mozart Effect - ... The results of the experiment were not much different than the results of the Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky experiment. This conclusion was groundbreaking in the science world because it completely discredited the claims that music has the ability to change the way a person thinks and potentially make them smarter. After the original experiment was published, marketers took advantage of the profitability of the claims. They distributed cassettes, books, and CD’s across the globe with guarantees that if parents expose their infants to the right kind of music, it “would speed intellectual development” (Steele 3)....   [tags: Music ]
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The Role of Language in Communication - The Role of Language in Communication The role of language is crucial in this process of relationships. Language shapes reality, and it limits what ideas and concepts are available in a particular situation. In all aspects of our lives we engage with, resist, reframe with, the meanings available through language, to give meaning to every aspect of our lives. Ideas and understandings available through language shape our practice in a variety of ways in everyday interactions....   [tags: Papers] 782 words
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The Roman Family: Center of Roman Society - The Roman Family: Center of Roman Society The Roman family after the advent of Christianity has been widely discussed in Roman History. Different historians have looked at the topic in different ways. There are two articles at hand, which deal with this very topic. Brent Shaw, The family in Late Antiquity: The Experience of Augustine and Douglas O'Roark, Parenthood in Late Antiquity. Both historians are looking at the family in late antiquity, after the time that Christianity was introduced to the Roman society....   [tags: Ancient Rome Roman History] 3242 words
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Glory - Glory Glory captures the heroism of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the first black regiment in the Civil War, the Massachusetts "Fighting" Fifty-fourth. An extremely talented cast and crew earned three Academy Awards (cinematography, sound and supporting actor) and five nominations for their work in Glory. The outstanding cinematography, sound, score and acting recreate the events leading up to the Union attack on Fort Wagner on July 18th 1863. Matthew Broderick portrays the young Bostonian abolitionist Col....   [tags: Movie Film Review Glory Essays]
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Comparing Pygmalion and My Fair Lady - Comparing Pygmalion and My Fair Lady Through the years, countless film directors have adapted and recreated various novels and plays to make them ideal for the big-screen. In many cases, directors strive to keep their screenplay adaptations true to the original literature; however, viewers often find contrasts in certain areas of the film. George Bernard Shaw, author of the play Pygmalion, who had passed away prior to the production of My Fair Lady in 1964, therefore, he could not assist in the transition from play to musical....   [tags: My Fair Lady Pygmalion Compare Contrast Essays]
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Analysis of Glory - Analysis of Glory      Glory is a movie about the fifty-fourth Massachusetts regiment in the civil war. This was the first all black regiment the Union ever allowed to fight. Throughout the movie one quote kept proving itself true, “We went down standing up.” The members of the fifty-fourth proved that they wanted to go down standing up just by joining the army. However there were many situations that proved this further, as the film continued.      During the regiment’s training period a message arrived at the camp....   [tags: Movies Film Glory Civil War Essays] 672 words
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Relationships in "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses" - How would one feel if ones significant other was constantly disobeying the relationship. In Irwin Shaw’s “The Girls in Their Summer Dresses”, he shows how important having a trustworthy and honest relationship is. This short story highlights the flaws in romantic relationships by demonstrating how one needs some type of relationship in life, how fragile a relationship can be, and how many take loved ones for granted. Friendship, Role model, Boyfriend/Girlfriend- all these are examples of a relationship....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Effect of Invention and Innovation on Conformism - ... That was the beginning of self-respect for [Eliza]” (Shaw 63). In this way, the major change of Eliza’s dialect is a minor detail in the determination of castes. Social class results from separate intellectual property between groups of people. When this intellectual property is transferred from one group to another, the barrier between castes is demolished. In Brecht’s Galileo, Galileo Galilei plays a significant role as a massive proponent of progressive idealism. However, a change in ideals would upset the balance between the behavior of the proletariat and the expectations of their behavior, “[for] independent spirit spreads like foul diseases....   [tags: Literature, Sociology] 1704 words
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The Way the Learning of Science Aids in the Structure of Society - ... After further reading I have found that, every individual has an inner Major Barbra and Mr. Undershaft. Although Shaw introduced these characters as complete opposites it is not likely that you are either one, every individual has an idealistic side to them where they blindly follow their dreams, like Barbra did when she believed that by her joining the salvation army she can turn people into good people, when in fact we find that the people who go their lie and cheat and steal. However we do also have a Mr....   [tags: Scientific Research ]
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