Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw


byGeorge Bernard Shaw

Kobo ebook | January 1, 2009


In George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion a phonetician believes the power of speech is such that he can introduce a Cockney flower girl to polite society after careful language and etiquette training, and no one will discern her true roots. The professor and the flower girl grown close, but after her successful debut she rejects the professor and his overbearing ways for a poor gentleman. The most famous adaptation of the play is the 1964 film My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
Title:PygmalionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 1, 2009Publisher:The Floating PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1775411982

ISBN - 13:9781775411987

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watch the play first Definitely recommend seeing this acted out first. Either in theatre or in a movie. Then reading will add to that experience.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay The premise of the play itself is interesting but I think I liked the movie better (oops). He keeps talking in specifics about linguistics and speech and it kinda ruined it for me. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, easy read This is one of the easiest 'classics' to read, it was actually very entertaining
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok This was ok - I guess I'm just not a big Shaw fan.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pygmalion—a Play for Everyone Out of all the dramatic works that I have read, viewed or even heard of, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion was by far my favourite. Not only did Shaw write up a cleverly original plot, but he also developed phenomenal characters and their complex interpersonal relationships. In the process of writing an almost satirical, pseudo love story, Shaw created a masterpiece. While critiquing the English, Shaw has managed to weave grammatical and phonetic lessons, in a comical way, throughout the play. Both the ‘relationships’ between Eliza (the poor, feminist girl) and Professor Higgins {the sexist phonetic/linguistic coach) and the ‘relationship’ concerning Eliza and Fred (the bumbling love-struck boy) are hilarious. When Eliza and Higgins are together, it is almost impossible to discern whether or not the two are in love with all their back and forth insults and the elements of slapstick humour present. Despite the fact that the two seem to be so revolted by the other’s ideas and perceptions, the two seem to always return to each other—regardless of how angry they are at each other. This makes their relationship special or even unique because it is one that is easy to relate to, humorous, as well as frustrating. This is where Shaw begins to keep the reader in tune, in order to fully understand what (if anything) is going on between both Eliza and Higgins. Just as enjoyable, the relationship between both Eliza and Fred are important parts of Shaw’s work, and reflect the consistency of great character development with regards to other characters. Although not as developed, this relationship is just as funny. Poor, bumbling Fred is madly in love with Eliza because of her appearance and unladylike ‘classy’ behaviour. Of course, Eliza does not immediately respond, but seems to have a change of heart somewhere along the way. Even if drama is not your genre of preference, I predict that Shaw’s Pygmalion may just be that one drama you do enjoy, if not for the plot but for the characters and their interaction with each other.
Date published: 2005-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pygmalion Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, is perhaps one of the best plays ever written. It is such a nice break to study something as easy and light-hearted as this piece of literary work and it is so much easier, than Shakespeare for example, to identify and understand the various literary techniques and imagery. This play is a timeless classic that has been re-adapted several times in such films as Pretty Woman, Educating Rita and My Fair Lady, each consisting of the same basic roles: a poor girl and a rich man who wants to change the girl into a lady and give her the opportunity to better herself. There are also several important morals and values that will be attained after reading this play such as whether or not it is a good idea to change someone and what was lost versus what has been gained. Personally, I am a huge fan of all four of these films and it amazes me how each and every one of them are cherished and adored by millions of people all over the world. The writing of the play itself is witty, succinct and to the point and there are even references to politics, socialism, feminism, Freud, and Milton. This play is one that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Shaw did an excellent job at captivating his audience and setting the tone in order to ensure that his masterpiece will remain a timeless classic that is still relevant in the Twenty-First Century. It is definitely an enjoyable read that will have you and everyone else talking.
Date published: 2005-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion I really enjoyed reading George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. I loved the character of Eliza Doolittle and her inappropriate ability to interact with the upper class. I also enjoyed Eliza’s power and aptitude to stand up for herself. Her characters’ ability to change throughout the play results in a true lady of high standing at the end. I really feel that Shaw did an excellent job in contrasting the upper and the lower classes against one another. The characters of Pickering and Higgins seem to fit the stereotype of the upper-class men. Pickering’s bet that Higgins can’t turn Eliza into a true lady seems to set a spark in Higgins eye and of course he accepts this bet. The money seems quite irrelevant considering Higgins appears to have an excess amount to throw around. Shaw seems to bring to the table a number of questions that relate to societal issues of his time. Pygmalion is thought provoking, ironic, sarcastic, and humorous. Shaw manages to make the reader question and think about what we accept today as social class norms. The term “Pygmalion” refers to Greek Mythology when a king creates a statue of a woman and falls in love with it. This seems both relevant and appropriate to Shaw’s Pygmalion through Higgins adjustment to Eliza’s character. Find out more by reading the play – I would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2005-12-04