Bernard Shaw was born on 26th July, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. Shaw
joined the Fabian Society as he identified himself as a socialist from an early
age. He was one of the prominent dramatists of the Modern Age. He began writing
at a later stage of his life and originally tried writing plays to criticize
the existing British stage. As compared to the Victorian comedies which were
light, Shaw’s plays had the socialist themes which were revolutionary and
serious. Some of his masterpiece are Arms
and the Man, Candida, Pygmalion etc.
took the title for his masterpiece ‘Pygmalion’ from the antiquated Greek legend
of the celebrated stone carver named Pygmalion who could discover no good in
ladies and accordingly, he set out to experience his life unmarried. In any
case, he cut a statue out of ivory that was so wonderful that he became
hopelessly enamored with his own creation. Without a doubt, the statue was
perfect to the point that no living being could be its equivalent. Thus, at a
celebration, he appealed to the goddess of adoration, Aphrodite that he wishes
the statue come to life and impressed with his love for just a piece of
stonework the goddess granted his wish true. When he arrived home, surprisingly,
he found that his desire had been satisfied, and he continued to wed the
statue, which he named Galatea.
the fact that Shaw utilized a few parts of the legend, most noticeably one of
the names in the title, watchers, journalists, faultfinders, and gatherings of
people have reliably demanded there being some reality joined to each
similarity in the myth. Above all else, in Shaw’s Pygmalion, Professor Higgins
is the most eminent man of phonetics of his time; Higgins is additionally
similar to Pygmalion in his perspective of ladies — negative and harsh. Higgins
says, “I find that the minute I let a lady make companions with me, she
ends up noticeably desirous, demanding, suspicious, and a doomed
irritation.” And while in the myth, Pygmalion cut something delightful out
of crude stone and gave it life, Shaw’s Higgins takes a “guttersnipe”,
a “squashed cabbage leaf” up out of the ghettos and makes her into a
wonderful gem. Shaw’s Eliza, builds up her very own spirit and a furious
freedom from her maker Professor Higgins.
accentuates, social class and behavior through the play of his rendition of Pygmalion.
While investigating these effects and how they are comedic to the group of
onlookers, at the core of these angles are Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, a
relationship that Shaw delineates as a sentiment.
cunning utilization of phonetics emphasizes the expansive cockney which proposes
that Eliza comes from a lower caste society. The audience give her their
sensitivities particularly as a result of her hardships, asking individuals to
purchase the flowers off her in the rain. In any case, we locate her comic all
the same which brings out the traits of Comedy of Manners throughout the play.
procedure, is to make the nearness of Higgins felt. Higgins reaction to Eliza’s
stunned and unnerved one is ” there who’s stinging you, you senseless
young lady… . Stop talking do I resemble a policeman?”
first sight it seems Higgins is being impolite with his outspokenness. But
there are two manners by which people can see this; Higgins is either
discourteous and unsympathetic or agreeable and clever. At the point when
Pygmalion was composed in 1918 a relationship between a lady and man would have
been portrayed distinctively by the people of that time where woman’s rights
and parts were unique. This is the split choice on Henry Higgins’ character
varies from a cutting edge and past group of onlookers. The funniest, is
originating from Higgins’ entertaining mind which, incites the response from
the famous film variant and in the significantly more mainstream melodic drama
form My Fair Lady, the completion
enables the gathering of people to see a sentimental love intrigue that mixes
in with the antiquated myth. This, in any case, is a sentimentalized adaptation
of Shaw’s play. Shaw gave no such delicate warmth to bloom amongst the
professor and student.