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Shaw said that Pygmalion is "intensely and deliberately didactic". He set out to teach his audience a lesson while entertaining themand making them laugh. Does he succeed?

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Shaw said that Pygmalion is "intensely and deliberately didactic". He set out to teach his audience a lesson while entertaining them and making them laugh. Does he succeed? 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 is audiences were pushed into thinking about issues such as imminent feminism, the class system and the importance in the way we speak. These were all relevant issues when the play was 1st performed in 1914. ...read more.

Middle

* Links with Role reversal. Language Shaw believed the way we speak influences their perception of us. If someone with a harsh cockney accent asked an old lady if she needed help to cross the road, she think he'd try to nick her purse, but if someone with a 'posh' English accent asked she would think what I nice young man. Shaw also thought that it still wasn't enough to have excellent pronunciation but abysmal grammar (as shown in Mrs Higgins' @ home scene) Tension * Tension between Male and Female. Link role reversal and Humour. * Tension when you're waiting for Eliza to say a mistake. ...read more.

Conclusion

Big Ottoman and oil paintings, ornaments simply yet elegant writing table, Chippendale and Elizabethan chairs and a piano. Tells us she's elegant and fashionable even though she not into younger up-to-date fashion. * V. Different from Higgins place. Of scientific appliances and dark wood furniture. He also has Leather chairs and no paintings, instead has engravings. This tells us he is quite harsh. * Eliza's place is plain and poor looking even though she has a few posters on the walls showing she has ambition. * Shaw uses the setting to show each person's personality, without having to tell the audience it out load. He takes great detail in explain each setting so his ideas are fulfilled in the performance to the audience. ?? ?? ?? ?? Text: PYGMALION by G B Shaw Candidate No: 1006 Centre No: 63241 1 ...read more.

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