Essay by Victor MacDonaldCollege, UndergraduateA, March 1997

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The title of this play is called Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. This is a play

about a man who picks a poor person off the street who sells flowers named Eliza Doolittle.

The man's name is Henry Higgins. Henry makes a bet with another man named Pickering. The

bet was to see if Henry could make Eliza, the poor girl from the streets, into a elegant, beautiful

girl with good manners. But I think that Henry gets too attached to Eliza so when she overhears

Henry and Pickering talking about how they thank God it's over, she gets really mad, Henry

and her get into a fight, and she leaves.

Henry Higgins was a gentleman. He dressed appropriately for different occasions and

always tried to look his best. Henry was could be called eccentric aswell because he looked

and acted a little odd at times. He looked to be among the high by the way he dressed and

spoke but at the same time he didn't seem to be in the high class because of his lack of


Henry Higgins' main trait was that he was sometimes coarse, rude at times. Being

coarse means that he could be rude or obscene on occasion. He shows this on a number of

different occasions. For example, when Eliza first makes an appearance at Henry's mother's

house, Henry was jumping all over the tables and screaming like a maniac. He also shows this

character trait when he is talking to Eliza at the end of the play, when he shows that he actually

does have feelings for her, she tells him that she loves Freddy and he loves her very much in

return. He then makes fun of Freddy saying that he is a pathetic loser and that...