Social Differences In Shaw's Pygmalion By Bernard Shaw

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Shaw examines the possibility of taking one's life into his own hands and transforming a poor and miserable human being into something beautiful and valuable, simply achieved by short-termed process of modifying one's language. This puts an emphasis on the importance of language for society and its perpetual effect on our lives.The language plays a major role in Pygmalion and the social differences occur at various different levels such as one's appearance, the way one talks and behaves. These are all pre-determinants of social perception and classification. The beginning of the story takes place on the rainy Covent Garden where Freddy's mother and his sister scold him to get a cab. This situation serves as an initial comparison of the differences…show more content…
This advantage gives a clearer picture of degradation of English language and tells us little bit more about the characters. The way she speaks creates prejudices about her background and the fact she comes from intellectually poor circles. The ability of Shaw's social class interpretation through language creates very powerful images and makes the reader or viewer at the end realizes the upper-class superficiality that reflects the social ills of nineteenth century England, and shows that all people are worthy of respect and dignity. Throughout most of civilization, people have been separated into different social classes. In a lot of especially industrialist cultures there is an upper class rich who are powerful and in control, then there is a middle class who live less comfortably than the upper class and certainly are less powerful but respected. Shaw implies that the lack of proper English which stands also as a sign of a need for a basic education. Henry Higgins, the main character, criticizes the English language in the song "Why Can't the English?" My Fair Lady (1959). As a part of Lerner's and Loewe's adaptation of Pygmalion and translating it into a musical play, several songs were written in order to entertain but also emphasize each one of the issues they represent. "Why Can't the English?" directly…show more content…
Nobel Prize Winner George Bernard Shaw once said: "The greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished." This is the problem which he tried to enlighten in his play Pygmalion mainly due to the language interference in nineteenth century England. However we can notice that this problem not only a problem of the time the play takes place in but it is everlasting issue that society of every capitalist country is dealing with. The money, power, social class and the language determine who you are. Mr.Higgins changed Eliza's language and manners completely but he did not change her values of pride and dignity. They just were reinforced by the two superficial criteria that change the way the world looked at her since then. George Bernard Shaw astonishingly demonstrated the power of language and the role it plays in our everyday lives. As Shaw proved, the language is a very important part of every capitalistic society, whether it should be or not, is another
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