Pygmallion By Alfred Doolittle In Act 3 we learned a lot more about the character and philosophy of Alfred Doolittle. He is strangely individualistic personally and very eloquent. He is representative of the social class of the “undeserving poor”, which, means that he is not entitled to receive financial support from the government, since he is physically able to work. He lives only for the moment; from day to day. The money he gets he wastes on intoxicating himself, and he has no intentions of taking any serious responsibilities, for himself, or for his daughter.
Further on, in Act 5, Mr. Doolittle appears at the house of Professor Higgins, and angrily accuses Higgins of making him into a middle-class gentleman against his will. Higgins has said that Alfred Doolittle was the most original moralist in present day England. He has written a note to Mr. Wannafeller, a rich American and told him that.
Wannafeller died and left Dolittle a share worth a thousand dollars a year on condition that hed lecture for his Wannafeller Moral reform World League ax often as theyd ask him, possibly up to 6 times a year. Doolittle doesnt mind the lectures, but he hates becoming one of the working class, because now hes earning a living (middle class morality). He sees now that he has to taken added responsible onto him. He could have turned down the offer but was intimidated. As a result he needs Higgins to teach him to speak proper English. He doesnt like it at all and blames Higgins for it.
By virtue of his newfound morality, he must marry the woman with whom he has been living for years. 2.) Eliza angers Higgins by telling Colonel Pickering that his gentlemanly manners have meant more to her than Higgings teaching. She says that the difference between a lady and a flower girl isnt the way in which she behaves but how she is treated. She knows that Pickering will always treat her as a lady and that she will always be a flower girl to Higgins. Higgins tries to convince Eliza that she is better off staying with him, instead Eliza leaves in search of her independence.
Pickering and Dootlittle leave for the church for his marriage and Mrs. Higgins also leaves so Higgins and Eliza are alone. Higgins wants Eliza to come back because they have grown accustomed to each other; he is irritated when she says she may marry Freddy. But Eliza finally wins his respect by declaring her a teacher of phonetics. Higgins is not pleased that she wants to help Nepommuck.
As the play ends, everybody except Higgins in on his way to Doolittes wedding. Eliza says she will not see Higgins again, and tell him that he will be lost without her, but Higgins only laughs at her. 3.) Pickering feels the experiment was a smashing success. At the garden party a new person appears, Mr. Nepommuck. He was Mr. Higgins first pupil.
He speaks 32 languages and works as an interpreter. So, he will be a real challenge for Eliza because of his great ability to identify those with distinct accents, or incorrect pronunciation. After a little conversation he indentifies Eliza as a Hungarian princess. For him she cannot be English because her pronunciation is too perfect, which you can only hear from foreigners, who were talk to speak like this. So after all, the bet is won, and Eliza, Higgins and Pickering leave for the reception.
4.) Higgins brings Eliza to his mothers house to try her out in a society. His mother isnt very happy of this because Higgins is always rude and she is afraid that her guests wont come again. The guests are Clara and Freddy Eynsford Hill and their mother. Although they have already seen Eliza in Covent Garden, they did not recognize her now, beautifully dressed and speaking perfectly pronounced English that Higgins has taught her. A trouble that Higgins knows Eliza will face is not her ability to speak rather her inability to say the proper thing. Her grammar is incorrect, and she the vocabulary and the subject matter of the street, not of high society.
Higgins excuses it as the new small talk. Freddy and Clara both admire Eliza very much. Freddy falls “head over hills” in love with her and Clara decides to imitate Elizas unconventional conversation (they both think its her style). A few months later, at a reception at an embassy in London, Eliza causes a great excitement with her beauty, her graceful manners and her lovely speech. The renowned phonetician Nepommuck, a former pupil of Higgins is convinced that she is a Hungarian princess.
Higgins has won his bet (if Nepommuck had discovered that she was only a common girl that Higgins would have lost, but Higgins remains calm). The flower girl has been transformed in to a fine lady. 5.) In the final act Eliza is found in Mrs. Higgins house upon her leaving the home one can see the hostility that has grown between the too. In the beginning both Pickering and Higgins felt excited about the whole process of turning a flower girl, from rags to riches, and how she was making progress everyday.
During the experiment Mr. Pickerings opinion of the whole process, was that of success, with Higgins being able to pass Eliza as a duchess, which meant she had mastered phonetics. But, when he met Eliza at Higgins home he felt that Eliza had changed emotional from the beginning of the experiment to its finale, with her becoming more independent. He did not want to think as this process of it as an experiment but rather as an experience that helped better Eliza. Professor Higgins felt relieved that it was that is ongoing saga of helping transform Eliza was over. But after Eliza left his home, he felt that this whole experience was a total success, with him making a graceful lady out of Eliza. Higgins always felt that Eliza was an immature and ignorant girl, who believed in controlling people, but now she was able to overcome that and became a better person.
She proved this when she lashed out at Higgins, and leaving him there, and she vowed that she would not return to him, or his house as a simple-minded girl. In the end Eliza walks out on Higgins in order to pursue a new relationship with a young man named Freddy. With her belief that she is a better person now she is in search of a good relationship with someone who would respect her as a lady, and a person, as well not be afraid to show his affection toward her. For Henry Higgins his life returns the way it has always been with alone. He feels being a bachelor is the best way to go he believes that women will ruin him.
Colonel Pickering sees Elizas dramatic change as a positive thing for her life, as well as aid Higgins with his studies. Freddy, the man who is madly in love with Eliza, is still trying to be with her. Eventually they will both marry one another.