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Analyse the Ascot Scene in “My Fair Lady”

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Analyse the Ascot Scene in "My Fair Lady" Chlo� Hardcaste Ms. Paskins "Pygmalion" is a stage play written in 1911 by George Bernard Shaw. It is a realistic, classic play with no "fairy-tale" ending, which makes it similar to real life. "My Fair Lady" is a family musical written by Learner and Loewe originally, and starred Julie Andrews as Eliza when it first hit the Stage. In 1964, it was released a film staring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. The Director was George Cukor. "Pygmalion" was written with the intention of showing the audience the chauvinistic side of the Upper Class, and how the British class system is corrupt. The play had a major shock-value, as it was banned in many counties for explicit language, although, Shaw achieved the desired affect. The audience aimed would probably be the middle class, and people with open minds to Politics, class, money and socialism. This is because the play is quite broad with the issues that it covers. Adults would enjoy the play but in my opinion children in general would not understand the ideas suggested and may not agree with the original ending. "My Fair Lady" is a family film that can be enjoyed by practically anyone, I enjoyed the musical as a child, and now that I have analysed it, I enjoy it even more. ...read more.


Eliza's dress was magnificent and her hat was amazing. As usual, Audrey Hepburn looked beautiful. In this scene, the song sung was very particular, each and every word was sung with emphasis, and preciseness. It was to show how the Upper Class wanted to show off, that they could not be relaxed and themselves, just on tender hooks. During the Tea-Party scene everybody just makes polite conversation, yet at the Ascot scene, according to the lyrics of the song, "Every Duke and Earl and Peer is here" meaning that everybody who is anybody is there. Realising this, Higgins would have the chance to show off his most prised triumph, whether he knew it or not, he had immense confidence in Eliza, or immense confidence in his creation of Eliza, to trust her at such a prestigious event. Yet at the Tea-Party scene, there was only his mother, Pickering, who was already in on the scam, and Ms. and Mrs. Enynsford-Hill with Freddy to please. Although, the only damage that Mrs. Enynsford-Hill could do was gossip about her. During the Ascot scene, Eliza is shown off at her best. Although she may make a few mistakes, it is a success. The scene begins with some soft, precise music, a song and dance with small, precise movements and short, sharp words, almost spoken until the chorus when the piano grows louder. ...read more.


These issues were covered in depth in "Pygmalion", to strive away from the 'weak little lady in need of a man's help' and then to pay this man back with marriage. Eliza was a determined, headstrong girl, who wanted to do well in society. In many ways Eliza represented the beginnings of 'Girl Power' and also in many respects Shaw's suppressed views and standards. Higgin's was one's typical chauvinistic bachelor, who saw Eliza merely as an experiment, as nothing more than a piece of meat. At the end of the musical, Eliza realised that Higgins had gone too far, for Eliza's speech and stature was far too grand to merely manage a flower shop. Therefore Learner and Loewe decided that the public in general demand a happy ending, and for Eliza to marry Higgins would give the public what they wanted and therefore would sell to the desired family audience. Shaw wanted to show that this was not realistic, and in the Tea-Party scene, everyone is amazed at her social standing. This was the main turning point of the play and film, and as she swore, it provoked an unintended reaction, but since Higgins had done a "good job", she got away with it. "Pygmalion" is a film or play for those who understand its implicit values, and "My Fair Lady" is for family viewing and a classic movie. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chlo� Hardcastle Yr.10 Bell Mrs. Paskins English Coursework ...read more.

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