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The Portrayal of Women in 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and 'Pygmalion'

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Florence Lau

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Transcript of The Portrayal of Women in 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and 'Pygmalion'

Florence Lau Man Ying The Portrayal of Women in
‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
and ‘Pygmalion’ Introduction Focus on the female characters
Can their portrayal tell you more about the play? E.g. Background
Analyze the differences of their portrayal 1.Gwendolen & Cecily Upper class
Obsessed in romance
Concerns about names
Male dominance 2.Eliza Working class
Moral good girl
No sense of male dominance Gwendolen: Active in heterosexual relation
E.g. Act One:
Jack: You really love me, Gwendolen?
Gwendolen: Passionately!
Jack: Darling! You don’t know how happy you’ve made me!
Gwendolen: My own Ernest!
Cares about the procedure Cecily:
Full of imagination Analysis The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
Pygmalion (1912) Similarity Differences:
Family background:
Gwendolen & Cecily
-no worries about money
-have time to entertain ( E.g. having afternoon tea) and visit friends Eliza have to work for living
money is a big problem Education level -
Gwendolen and Cecily:
high education level
have the idea of male dominance Eliza:
Low education level (speech and manner)
No idea of male dominance LOVE Gwendolen and Cecily:
no freedom to choose their true love
Gwendolen : quite active in love
Cecily: full of imagination in love Eliza: practical
do not have many expectation in love
express her feeling directly
has freedom to choose her lover Eliza:
has strong sense of self-respect
stands up for herself
decides her destiny by herself Conclusion Works Cited http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/victorians/overview_victorians_01.shtml SEE YOU!! Women’s Right:
Equal Women’s right
Treated by male equally (* Exception: Mr. Higgins to Eliza)
Considered ‘second-class’ citizens, with fewer legal rights
E.g. No right to vote OtherS:
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