• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Pygmalion - the significance of accents and the characters of Eliza and Henry.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Pre -reading The significance of dialect and accents in how we view citizens When we think about the manners of speaking when it comes to people, often times we judge them based on not only their accents but the words they use. We often times use manner of speaking to categorize people. It is often said that we judge a person as soon as we see them, whether we intend to or not as it is simply the inner need to categorize and manners of speaking are often times taken into account in this categorizing process. Accents are often used to identify the roots of a person. For example a British accent for British citizens, and a Southern Accent for those located in the South of North America. We also associate class with accents of people. Those with a southern accent or drawl often times are not regarded with the same respect as those for example with a British accent. A southern drawl is associated with "Hillbillies" and therefore those with this type of accent are not regarded with the same respect. In the same way those with a British are regarded to be intelligent and knowledgeable due to the class given by their accent. ...read more.

Middle

She grows strong despite Higgins's insults directed toward her accent and vocabulary. She becomes a more independent character as she throws Higgins's shoe at him as an act of defiance when he neglects her, something she would have wanted to but never would have done prior to her transformation. She becomes more courageous as the play progresses when she runs away from Higgins and spends the night with Freddy. However a part of her is still the same innocent person who thinks her aunt was killed so that someone could have her hat. Liza remains innocent however she becomes braver and less defensive. Shaw would categorize Liza as a dynamic character of interest and humour as Liza is quite amusing in her daily antics but she is also quite intelligent by the manner in which she picks up on changing her cockney accent. She is also brave and fierce despite her poverty and her survival makes her admirable. 2) Henry Higgins, also a debatable protagonist of the novel, is a teacher of dialects ad accents. He works with Eliza for a bet that entails he makes her like a duchess. ...read more.

Conclusion

But my ego does not define me." Director - "Good, now remember be confident but do not be uptight. Higgins's character is aloof and confident and snarky but he is not uptight in any way. Good luck." I chose to do Higgins's character because I found that Higgins's could often be misinterpreted. I don't in anyway believe, as shown above, that Higgins holds malice or wants to hurt anyone in any way I simply think he doesn't understand people's emotions as most would. He has no concern for weak people in his opinion but I believe he also is a kind man as he does in the end seem to care for Eliza as a friend. He is not a mean man purposely, he simply doesn't understand that he is mean because he knows himself to just be honest. He is also a confident person as showed many times in the play, for example when he claims that the only reason Eliza was able to be a duchess was because of his skill and not her determination, however his ego isn't massive as he does understand that Eliza was a good student with a good ear as she learnt how to speak like a duchess. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Play Writes section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Play Writes essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The History Boys. Consider the significance of finding your way in life, in ...

    3 star(s)

    He can grasp all the things that has been taught by his teachers even he can memorize those materials well. He is the next Mr. Hector who will pass the parcel, one day. Besides, his analysis is amazing, including his analysis of his life.

  2. Pygmalion. diary entries for Higgins and Eliza

    Stage1: Higgins diary Today I was in Covent Garden listening to the different accents and making notes. They all thought I was a Police informer and it was quite difficult explain to them because most of them could not understand proper English.

  1. The Birthday Party, a comedy of menace (Pinter)

    In the "sitting down scene", a certain amount of humour can be derived from the fact that three grown men are playing a childish game about who will sit down first, but what this game represents is a power struggle.

  2. Pygmalion. The identity of Eliza how does it change and is it for ...

    A change that Liza encounters is her hygiene, in order for Liza to be treated like a lady and receive her lessons; she must wash and dress properly. It soon becomes apparent that Liza is apprehensive about having a bath, one thing Liza rarely does.

  1. How does Pinter exploit the verbal and the visual in the Birthday Party

    However, Goldberg replies "Who opened the briefcase, me or you?" and "Who took them down?", thus implying that Lulu can only blame herself for what happened. Despite the seriousness of this scene and Lulu's being obviously upset there is also humour when Lulu says "You taught me things a girl shouldn't know before she's been married at least three times!".

  2. Discuss the view that Tony Lumpkin in "She Stoops to Conquer"is nothing more than ...

    This drama is recurring throughout the play which shows Tony?s determination to become financially independent and ?be made a fool of no longer? since currently he is only able to go to ?the alehouse so often? because he has ?a key to every drawer? of his ?mother?s bureau?.

  1. Scene by scene analysis of "Equus"

    Perhaps he compared his life with Jesus' life who had suffered many pains and had seen a lot of cruel things. His mother told him a lot of stories about horses. This is maybe the reason why he replaced Jesus' picture with the one of the horse.

  2. In the country, people are forced to confront their faults and lead a more ...

    Furthermore, when it?s revealed to Marlow that Kate is in fact Hardcastle?s daughter, Marlow?s embarrassment which he describes as ?worse than death?, proves to Hardcastle Marlow?s earlier impudence was ?all a mistake?, which resolved the tension between Hardcastle and Marlow formed from Marlow?s supposed ?brazen? manner.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work