"Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw. What are some central themes of the play? List a few and explain at least two in detail.

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What are some central themes of the play? List a few and explain at least two in detail.

Pygmalion is a comedy written by George Bernard Shaw about two phonetics experts and a lower class girl who has a Cockney language and wants to learn to speak correctly and proper. As the story develops many themes arise. Such themes are: class, myths of creation and language, these of course are the main central themes, but there are many others.

Class is one of the most important themes of the play because Shaw demonstrates how the hierarchy in Britain is. The author integrates people from all kinds of classes: from the lowest to the highest, Liza being lowest and Higgins and Pickering being the upper class. “THE NOTE TAKER: You see this creature with her kerbstone English: the English that will keep her in the gutter to the end of her days. Well, sir, in three months I could pass that girl off as a duchess at an ambassador's garden party. I could even get her a place as lady's maid or shop assistant, which requires better English. That's the sort of thing I do for commercial millionaires. And on the profits of it I do genuine scientific work in phonetics, and a little as a poet on Miltonic lines.” With this quote The Note Taker or Higgins suggest that the servant class should have better English than Eliza or in this case he is talking to The Flower Girl. This example works in demonstrating the Class theme because in those days even accent was important, the discrimination that took place decreased the chance of opportunity in jobs and forms of income. The way that Class is defined in the book is a must-have if you want to succeed, at least in those days.

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Another important theme in the book is Gentility and Manners, as in every society those two aspects are overlooked by some people and they take it very seriously, the atmosphere in the book is no exception. Since Shaw is a socialist author, manners were no importance to him because it divided the classes and this is demonstrated, in the book, by Professor Higgins, who has the tendency to treat everyone like dirt, no matter to what social class this person belongs to he treats him the same way. “LIZA. I know. I am not blaming him. It is his ...

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