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Social behaviour Pygmalion and LoF

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Introduction

In Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw, the importance of different social behaviour is used to great extent. In fact, the whole play is based on the difference between social classes: If they did not exist, Mr. Higgins' and Colonel Pickering's bet would never have taken place. The whole plot is based on Eliza Doolittle's ascension from a "draggletailed guttersnipe" (Higgins) to a full-fledged duchess and princess. Throughout the play, there is a clear distinction in the ways and manners between people from different social classes. The obvious example is in the beginning of act 1, when Eliza's accent is transcribed: "Theres menners f'yer!" (The Flower Girl). Another poor accent is that of Eliza's father: The H is omitted in his lines ("Iggins"). This is in contrast to the accents of the ladies and gentlemen, which are transcribed just like regular, written English. I believe that it is important to note how the professor's transformation of Eliza is reflected in the manuscript: The change in her accent - which is even pointed out as being too good for a native speaker - is much more emphasized than the change in her manners and her looks, for only the first day is it mentioned that she takes a bath, and only once are the jewels decorating her during the garden party at the Buckingham Palace mentioned. Morals, however, are completely independent of social class. Shaw shows us both types of personalities in both classes: Eliza, the good girl despite her being very poor, and her father, who ruthlessly touches rich gentlemen in order to make them aid him economically. The Colonel is very generous and gentle, even if Mr. Higgins is not always so. My conclusion is that the social classes in Pygmalion are deeply emphasized and of great importance to the play. However, there are human qualities that not even social class can change. Pygmalion looks at the superficiality of upper class society, a society in which social status is determined by the language that one speaks, one's manners, and the clothes one wears. ...read more.

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But Jack manipulates the boy's feelings and tells them that if there were a beast, then he would hunt it down. By saying this the boys felt protected and hence started to prefer to fight against the unknown beast rather than believe if there was or wasn't a beast; '"Bollocks to the rules! We're strong- we hunt. If there's a beast, we'll hunt it down! We'll close in and beat and beat and beat-!"' This shows that Jack had taken the first step into becoming a savage. By saying "Bollocks to the rules", he has said that he has no regards to the rules. He manipulated the others' minds so he could be elected chief; gaining trust by saying he is guarding them from the beast. However, there isn't a beast on the island hence they cannot hunt it down, this is what Simon discovers further on. Simon had a hallucination in where he meets head-on with a pig's head on a stick covered with flies, in front of a derelict cave. The pig's head was a gift given by Jack, to the beast. The pig's head, the Lord of the Flies, says to Simon in his hallucination that there is no beast that can be hunted, because the beast is a part of everyone; '"Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!...You knew didn't you? I'm part of you?"' This shows that the beast is a part of everyone. A part of everyone's fears and prejudices. It is just a matter of whether it can be controlled. Jack's feelings towards the beast is exposed the most, because he is the most savage. The character that can control his feelings towards the beast the most is Piggy, probably because he is weak and frightened and doesn't like the idea of savagery, but maybe Piggy also is civilised and obeys the rules, as Simon and Ralph do. ...read more.

Conclusion

Clearly children can quickly forget what is right and what is wrong, especially when being away from adults for an extended period of time, often resulting in a loss of innocence. Lastly, at the end of the novel when around the naval officer arrives, the boys return to their old ways of being orderly and civilized. When Ralph is chased onto the beach by Jack's tribe and finds the naval officer, the na! rrator says, "A semi-circle of little boys, their bodies streaked with coloured clay, sharp sticks in their hands, were standing on the beach making no noise at all." (221). The previously wild savages are now quiet little boys in an orderly semi-circle. With the arrival of an adult authority figure from the outside world, the boys are beginning to return to the decorum of their innocent, more childlike past. The boys are in a semi-circle instead of in a pack of savages, they are coloured with clay ins tead of gaudy war-paint, they are holding sticks instead of spears and they are absolutely as quiet as they would have been around adults in their previous lives. Children are usually more ordered, disciplined and civilized under adult supervision just a s the boys are the instant they see the naval officer. To summarize, when not around adult order, discipline and punishment, children become very much like savages and lose most of their innocence. In conclusion, in the novel The Lord of the Flies, Golding succeeds in showing the actions, decisions and thinking of young children. Children would choose to play and have fun rather than work and consequently. When children need to look for leadership and there are no adults around to provide this, children look for another child who has adult-like qualities for leadership. Children are disobedient, violent and lose their innocence when there are no adults to supervise them. A child's life is a long and winding road in which they can be sidetracked quite easily. ...read more.

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