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In the 19th century,Britain facedmany challenges due to its class based society,with often nothing but people's speechpatterns being enough to keep them rooted intheir own static area of society from which itwas hardto escape.
Inthis famous George Bernard Shaw play,Henry Higgins, a renowned speech therapist and expert, meets Liza Doolittle,a lower class girl with one of the most distorted English accents he had ever heard. As part of a wager,Higgins challenges himself to teach Liza howto speak properly,and even integrate her intohighersociety without anyone being ableto tell that she's actually a lowerclass individual.
While Higgins' progress seems to be slow at first,Liza proves to be up to the challenge,although things quickly get complicated when the two mainprotagonists end up falling for each other, and their relationship becomes bitter sweet - the kind of love/hate relationship you'd rarely expectto work.
Pygmalion is considered to be one of Bernard Shaw's most successful works, beautifully mixing comedy with romance,the possibility of overcoming one's personal limitations, the complex facets of the British socialnorms and boundaries of the time,as well as the emphasis on artificiality when it comes to describing many of the ironic traits associated with the upper classes.
The title, however, leansmore toward bringing the focus onto the romantic relationship between Higgins and Liza,hinting at Higgins' predicament, with Pygmalion being a Greek artist who became infatuated withhis own sculpture.
Many would likely be more acquainted withthe movie version of Bernard Shaw's remarkable work - My Fair Lady - which gained great recognition inthe mid-1960s, having won multiple Academy awards.
Pygmalion offers anexcellent allegoric portrayal of British society, while integrating an interesting plot,wittydialogues andcomments and an overall impressively rich writing style unique to George Bernard Shaw.
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