Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw (1913)
Blog posts and presentations due: Wednesday, September 27
- Group 1: Who ‘wins’ at the end of the play– Higgins or Eliza? Has Higgins succeeded, and has Eliza really changed?
- Group 2: Does Higgins really think of Eliza as an ‘object’?– From the start of the experiment till the end of the play?
Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing one of these questions; or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.
Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.
- What is Higgins’s relationship to his mother? Does it affect the play’s story?
- Do you think that Higgins and Eliza should have married? Why or why not?
- Who deserves the most credit for Eliza’s change into a lady– Higgins, or Eliza herself?
- Do you side with Higgins or Eliza at the end? Is Eliza ungrateful, or is she right to feel used by the men as a sort of guinea pig?
- Is Higgins a good man, or a snob, or just a bit out of touch?
- Shaw strongly did not want the play to have a happy ending where Higgins and Eliza get married. Why might he have done this?
- Why is Eliza’s father in the play? What does he represent?
- Is class something people are born or raised with, or is Higgins correct that it’s just an act?
- Why is the play called Pygmalion when the ‘sculptor’ does not fall in love with the statue?