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Middle Class Morality

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John Kremar

on 11 September 2013

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"What is middle class morality? Just an excuse for never giving me anything. Therefore, I ask you, as two gentlemen, not to play that game on me. I'm playing straight with you. I aint pretending to be deserving. I'm undeserving; and I mean to go on being undeserving."- Doolitte
~Doolittle explains that he is choosing to be in the "undeserving poor"
~Chooses so he won't have to be in the "middle class morality"
~enjoys being where he is (without morals)
Middle Class Morality
Do's and Don'ts

Do's
Middle Class Morality
Don'ts
Middle class morality is the way a person is expected to behave and think when they are a part of the middle class.
PICKERING
Have you no morals, man?

DOOLITTLE
[unabashed] Cant afford them, Governor. Neither could you if you was as poor as me. Not that I mean any harm, you know. But if Liza is going to have a bit out of this, why not me too?
Doolittle:

I dont need less than a deserving man: I need more. I dont eat less hearty than him; and I drink a lot more. I want a bit of amusement, cause I'm a thinking man. I want cheerfulness and a song and a band when I feel low. Well, they charge me just the same for everything as they charge the deserving.
Doolittle:

I touched pretty nigh everybody for money when I wanted it, same as I touched you, Henry Higgins.
When I was a poor man and had a solicitor once when they found a pram in the dust cart, he got me off, and got shut of me and got me shut of him as quick as he could.
By: Megan Lyons, Trista Bryson, John Kremar and Sara Rich
What is Middle Class Morality?
DOOLITTLE
I'll have to learn to speak middle class language from you, instead of speaking proper English.
-Doolittle suggests that morals are bought with money that only the middle class can obtain
-By being an "undeserving poor" Doolitte cannot afford the morals that come with being in the middle class
-Thus, he does not have to behave with morals that many would in th middle class
-Poor and Drunk Man Lying on Sidewalk with Bottles of Wine Near Trashcan. 2006. Royalty Free Stock Photos. 123RF. Web. 9 Sept. 2013. <http://www.123rf.com/photo_7713110_poor-and-drunk-man-lying-on-sidewalk-with-bottles-of-wine-near-trash-can.html>.

-Weissberg, Robert. Middle Class Family. Minding the Campus. How Academics Concocted. Web. 9 Sept. 2013. <http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2012/05/how_academics_concocted_a_new_middle_class.html>.

-John Tyson as Alfred Doolittle. 2011. Houston Theatre, Houston, Tx. Pygmalion. Web. 9 Sept. 2013. <http://www.houstontheatre.com/alley/pygmaln.html>.

-Pygmalion 4. stage left theatre, Chicago, Li. Pygmalion. Web. 9 Sept. 2013. <http://stagelefttheatre.com/about/production-history/season-31/pygmalion/>.

-Community Members. NETT. NETT:Community. Web. 11 Sept. 2013. <http://www.nett.umich.edu/nett/community_>.
DOOLITTLE
I have to live for others and not for myself:
that's middle class morality.

LIZA
Not him. You dont know my father. All he come here for was to touch you for some money to get drunk on.

DOOLITTLE
Well, what else would I want money for? To put into the plate in church, I suppose.
Doolittle is saying that the middle class are expected to speak a different dialect of English than the poor
He is brilliantly dressed in a new fashionable frock-coat, with white waistcoat and grey trousers. A flower in his buttonhole, a dazzling silk hat, and patent leather shoes complete the effect.
-Drinks more than "middle class"
-Can be entertained by whatever they want
Doolittle is dressed very differently from how he would have dressed before he became middle class
The middle class are expected to dress better than the lower class
He is saying that people are coming to him for money now and he is expected to provide for them because he has more money
Middle class have to provide for others, not just themselves
-Have no morals so can ask for money in lower class
-Poor men are shut out by solicitors and don't have to pay for doctors
-DiRocco, Henry. Dan Sparks in Old Globe Pygmalion. San Diego Story, San Diego, Ca. No Lack of Support for Old Globe Pygmalion. Web. 9 Sept. 2013. <http://sandiegostory.com/no-lack-of-support-for-old-globe-pygmalion/>.

-Zimmer, Esther M. Gentleman's Fashion. 1868. Esther M. Zimmer Lederberg Victorian Middle and Upper Class Men's Clothing. Web. 11 Sept. 2013. <http://www.estherlederberg.com/EImages/Extracurricular/Dickens%20Universe/Victorian%20Clothing/Victorian%20Middle%20and%20Upper%20Class%20Men's%20Clothing.html>.

-Antique Print of Hand Colored England Plate 1 Dustman. old-print. Web. 11 Sept. 2013. <http://www.old-print.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=1&item=5911823226&type=store>.

-People Talking at a Table. programme. Agile Leadership, Management and people. Web. 11 Sept. 2013. <http://programmedevelopment.com/resources/agile-leadership-management-and-people>.
Alfred Doolittle is an elderly but vigorous dustman, clad in the costume of his profession, including a hat with a back brim covering his neck and shoulders. He has well marked and rather interesting features, and seems equally free from fear and conscience. He has a remarkably expressive voice, the result of a habit of giving vent to his feelings without reserve.
-Doolittle without morals; dresses like a dustman
-free of fear and conscience in lower class
-vents feelings withouteserve
HIGGINS:
Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
-Higgins is saying that we are dependent on each other, no matter what class we are in.
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