Generational Gaps Essay, Research Paper
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 he will never be able to
support a now high class woman like Eliza.
Although Henry is best described as coarse, he also possesses other
traits aswell. Henry Higgins is a well spoken gentleman, but in a
different way. He speaks perfect English and never makes a mistake in his
pronunciation, he is actually not supposed to because he himself teaches
people to speak properly. He is very boisterous which means loud. He
shows this trait when he makes fun of Eliza when she does her expression,
Ahhaaaooo ! He tries to imitate it and sounds very annoying while doing so.
He is also very energetic. He shows us this when he teaching Eliza how to
become a lady, he’s jumping all over the room and screams at her to get it
right. He will not take advice from anybody and when he is arguing with
somebody, he always has to be right. He is also a very stubborn but yet
determined person. He shows this trait when his mother trys to give him
advise but he won’t take it. He doesn’t show his emotions well at all.
When his mother tells him to tell Eliza how he feels about her, he doesn’t
do anything because he’s scared about what she’ll say.
Although Henry possessed many positive and negative traits, above
all, Henry was a coarse, rude man.