Pygmalion written by Bernard Shaw, was first performed on stage with Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins. The reception of the audience during the play was of utmost disappointment due to the non romantic ending of the play, even though that was ShawÃÂs initial intentions. My fair Lady on the other hand is a musical based on Pygmalion, and the movie was shot in 1964 by director George Cukor. Although there are numerous similarities between musical and play such as the character interactions or how both of them portray social status, especially in the conclusion, the musical displays several contradictions in comparison to the movie.
Bernard Shaw wrote the play during an important moment in history, which was when women were starting to gain independence in the beginning of the 20th century. It is produced in 1914 which is when WW1 broke out and war time made it easier for women to find work, and soon after women got their independent vote in 1920.
Thus Pygmalion has a strong sense of feminism and independence as one of the leading themes to guide the characters on, especially Eliza.
Eliza throughout the play is striving to prove how women should be independent and not rely on men in order to lead a life. Both movie and play shows us that when Higgins turns Eliza into a duchess, he didnÃÂt give her just class and status but he took her independence away because she is ÃÂnot fit to sell anything elseÃÂ. What happens now is that if Eliza doesnÃÂt marry she has no one to provide for her and Freddy is useless because he has no talent for making money. Thus Higgins indirectly limited ElizaÃÂs opportunities making her dependent on men. And during the movie when she goes back to Higgins she loses...