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Pygmalion through an archetype perspective

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Paula Ochoa

on 6 October 2014

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The Archetype of "The Lover" is mostly represented by the character of Freddy Hill. In Act III he presents utmost affection towards Eliza´s personality and appearance. In the subtext of the Pygmalion play, actions of Freddy´s interest are shown: "FREDDY goes out on the balcony to catch a glimpse of ELIZA"(Shaw pg.40). He seeks for her attention, which later on Act V, Eliza reveals how Freddy writes "twice and three times a day" to get her attention and how now she knows Freddy does love her (Shaw pg.69). Freddy clearly sets his role as the man who falls in love with Eliza and is determine to win her affection.

Archetype Perspective: Act III
Overcoming the Monster
In Act V of Pygmalion´s Play, the confrontation between Eliza and Higgins is a great example of the plot archetype of "Overcoming the Monster". In this scene Eliza finally breaks free from the mistreatment of Higgins and declares her independence from him. Eliza states "I´ll have independence" and later strikes Higgins saying "Now I know how to deal with you...You cant take away the knowledge you gave me...And I can be civil and kind to people, which is more than you can." (Shaw pg.70-71). After this scene Eliza decides to leave and make a life of her own.
Archetype Perspective: Act I
By: Michelle Ochoa
6th Period

Pygmalion a Critical Perspective
Archetype Perspective: Act V
In Act V, of Pygmalion´s play, the archetype of "The Orphan" is perfectly represented by the character of Eliza Doolittle. Throughout Act V, Eliza presents the idea of equality in treatment. Due to the difficulties with Professor Higgins, she also remarks ordinary virtues and the common touch of a woman. Eliza believes that the difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but the way she is treated (Shaw pg.63). By saying this Eliza is able to set an example to the people who mistreat others by their appearance and later confronts Higgins´ bad behavior toward her.
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(George Bernard Shaw)
(George Bernard Shaw)
Archetype Perspective: Act II
Throughout the play Pygmalion, many different archetypal perspectives and plots are shown. By knowing about these archetypal patterns, understanding the story and connecting characters becomes easier. The play Pygmalion and its archetypes also help the reader make predictions about what is to happen in the following scenes, which gives certain appeal towards the play as a whole. Because of the remarks of some characters, the reader is able to identify the connection between stories, such as Ovid´s Myth. By following some of the Pygmalion´s archetype criteria, the play´s story allows the audience to develop a Critical Perspective with which they will have to effectively analyze and question the motives of the author.
During Act II of the play, The character Colonel Pickering is the perfect example for the archetype of "The Caregiver." During his second encounter with Eliza, he offers to pay her phonetics´ classes with professor Higgins (Shaw pg.16). Pickering also
addresses Eliza in a very polite manner, such as being "gentle" and "courteous" (Shaw pg.14). Throughout the scene, Pickering defends Eliza from some of Higgins´ maltreatment to Eliza by
questioning his methods. He disagrees and states "Excuse me, Higgins; but I must interfere...I hope its understood that no advantage is to be taken of her [Eliza] position." (Shaw pg.20-21), choosing to side and protect Eliza´s situation.
At the beginning of the play Pygmalion, Act I, the archetype of "The Creator" can be easily identified with one of the characters; Mr. Higgins. He plays the role of the teacher who transforms a flower girl into a lady of the upper class. He is proud of his knowledge and certainly affirms to be able to "pass that girl [Eliza] off as a duchess" (Shaw pg.8). Which later, is proven by the full transformation of Eliza Doolittle into a lady. Mr. Higgins demonstrates his power of “The Creator” throughout the play and shows no regret to his changes in Eliza´s personality or appearance.
(George Bernard Shaw)
(George Bernard Shaw)
(George Bernard Shaw)
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Work Cited
- http://faculty.uncsa.edu/generalstudies/writing/cp.htm


(George Bernard Shaw)
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