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Feminist Criticism in Pygmalion:

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Arlene Navarro

on 6 October 2014

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Transcript of Feminist Criticism in Pygmalion:

Act II
In Act 2, Shaw once again make the male characters look above the female characters. Mrs.Pearce is Mr.Higgins' housekeeper and is constantly trying to please Higgins. For Higgins she is just someone there to do all of his demands and ignores all of her advice as if she has no opinion. (Shaw pg. 12) Higgins also treats Eliza very poorly. Pickering, even though he is more polite, decides to help her out of pity and because of a bet. "I'll bet you all the expenses of the experiment you can't do it." (Shaw pg. 16) Higgins also decides to help her because of a bet and thinks of her as no more than a lab rat in an experiment he is conducting.
Act I
In Act 1, Freddie's mother and sister rely on Freddie to find them a cab and dramatize the situation when he can't find them one, making the women seem like the damsels in distress. (Shaw pg. 2) Shaw also makes the male characters seem more intelligent and have dominance over the female characters when The Mother excuses The Note Taker's insults just because she is so grateful he found a cab for her "We should be so grateful to you sir..." and make him seem more above them, even though they are from the same high society. (Shaw pg.7)
Act V
In the final act, act 5, we see female dominance over al the males. Eliza has left Higgins and Pickering, finally independent and confident, that she no longer needs them. "Five minutees ago you were like a millstone round my neck. Now you're a tower of strength: a consort battleship." (Shaw pg.71) Higgins on the other hand, still needs Eliza and now depends on her for all of his needs even though he has Mrs.Pearce. With Eliza, and Mrs.Higgins against the men's assertions that Eliza should come back, the females are now in control of the situation.
In act 3, Eliza has now almost completely transformed herself into what society thinks is a lady. Throughout the whole act, Mrs. Higgins seems to be the only one who cares about Eliza's well being after the bet and thinks of her to be more than just an experiment. "No, you two infinitely stupid male creatures: the problem of what is to be done with her afterwards." (Shaw pg. 44) The men however just think of her as some competition. Pickering and Higgins a competition to see who wins the bet and Freddie, a competition to win her heart. We see that women are the only one's depicted to care for each other while the males are shown as belittling and not caring for them.
Over all, George Bernard Shaw makes Pygmalion an excellent example of feminist criticism in a piece of literature. Through out the play we see male dominance over the females. In Shaw's play, he depicted how being a lady during the Victorian era changed how you were treated and woman were to act a certain way. The stereotypical "lady like" way. In the play the men were dominant over Eliza, completely changing her, and her way of living, making her dependent on them. Towards the end however, Eliza proved to be independent and made her own choices, not needing the men anymore. She was in control and decided who she was to marry, which was Freddy, ignoring Higgins' protests. The play ends with The roles reversed, the men needing Eliza, and Eliza in control of the situation and her destiny.
Feminist Criticism in Pygmalion:
Act IV:
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In Act 4, Higgins has now won his bet and ignores Eliza. He only acknowledges her when he needs his slippers. Once again we see male dominance over females when Higgins used and continues to use Eliza for his own benefit without caring about her feelings. We finally see the female dominance when Eliza stands up to Higgins and gets her revenge which causes Higgins to lose his composure. "(thrilling with hidden joy): I'm glad. Ive got a little of my own back, anyhow." (Shaw pg.53)
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