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How do the Lives of Eliza and Higgins Differ?

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How do the Lives of Eliza and Higgins Differ? In Pygmalion there are two main characters, Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. Higgins is an arrogant and abrupt professor of phonetics, where as Eliza is a timid and sometimes na�ve flower girl. Their lives and lifestyle completely differ. Living a lush and lavish lifestyle is Higgins; on the other hand Eliza is a working class girl living in squalor and poverty. Eliza Doolittle is a poor, working class flower girl. This description gives us an idea of what she looked like, "Her hair needs washing rather badly: its mousy color can hardly be natural. She has a shoddy black that reaches nearly to her knees and is shaped to her waist. She has a brown skirt with a coarse apron. ...read more.


After this she gets a taxi. This is a first time experience for Eliza but a mundane way of transport for the upper class such as Higgins. "Never mind young, I'm going home in a taxi." [Page 18] She arrives at Drury Lane, an extremely poor area of London. It then describes her room, "A small room with very old wallpaper hanging on in the damp places. A broken pane in the window is mended with paper. A portrait of a famous actor and fashion plate of ladies' dresses... These are the only visible luxuries: the rest is the irreducible minimum of poverty's need: a wretched bed heaped will all sorts of coverings that have any warmth in them, a draped packing case with a basin and a jug on it and a little looking glass over it, a chair and table, the refuse of some suburban kitchen..." ...read more.


What's this? Is this where you wash your clothes...No Eliza this is where we wash ourselves, Eliza, and where I'm going to wash you." [Page 33] Another example of this is when Higgins is tempting her to stay, "At her age! Nonsense! Time enough to think of the future when you haven't any future to think of. No, Eliza; do as this lady does: think of other people futures; but never think of your own. Think of chocolates, taxis gold and diamonds." [Page 31] Higgins is always well attired, smart and clean. On the other hand Eliza is never these things, "She takes of her shawl and skirt and adds them to the miscellaneous bed-clothes. Then she kicks off her shoes and gets into bed without any further change." [Page 19] We can now see the enormous contrasts in the lives of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sunil Obhrai September 2006 720 words Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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