Educating Rita

Entertainment from today's astounding visual effects in movies to men acting as women in Shakespearean plays some centuries ago, have always been and will always be appreciated by many. Even George B. Shaw's play Pygmalion, has given a few laughs, but not only made for engaging an audience in something fun and making money, instead to a noticeable extent for people to learn.

"Pygmalion" in fact, is a play filled with its popular misconceptions, like in Act 1 where a professor in phonetics happens to recognize unknowably a person he was meant to meet in India, while arguing with him on a street in London. Here the class differences are very emphasized since the play is based on a social interaction between the classes, and this causing social problems. These social problems are mentioned as the sexual tensions arise in the play. One of the most important concepts Shaw though is the Socio-linguistics, since the story is based on a bet of a common flower girl transforming into a duchess thanks to a properly taught English.

In most stories misconceptions are found to make the plot more interesting. Shaw also uses this technique for his story to attract the reader making one event crucial for the development of the story.

"He opens his umbrella and dashes off Strandwards, but comes into collision with a flower girl who is hurrying in for shelter, knocking her basket out of her hands. A blinding flash lightning, followed instantly by a rattling peal of thunder, orchestrates the incident"

A common example of a popular misconception is when two people accidentally meet in odd circumstances. In this case two people coincidentally bump into each other on the street: a flower girl and a man who is in a higher class than her. It is this collision, with "a rattling thunder" which "orchestrates the incident" that explains how all the events come into place and becoming a good opening scene. In the leading event the first themes are introduced: the class differences.

"Six pence thrown away! Really, mamma, you might have spared Freddy that."
( Act 1, pg. 17 Miss Eynsford Hill says about Eliza)

The class differences are very defined and the upper classes disrespect is very marked as seen in this quote. The quote suggests pretty much an air of superiority and arrogance from Miss Eynsfords Hill part and little compassion to a person who is trying to make a living. During the period of time the play takes place society had its social classes heirachially the upper class there was no interaction at all with the lower classes. As the play suggests the distinctions between the classes were even clearer. The poor were divided into two: the deserving and the undeserving poor.

"I'm a good girl I am"
(Liza constantly repeats this in the first acts of the play)

As deserving poor Liza, the flower girl has to continuously show her innocence. She has to work hard and be aware of the police, since they are often there as a hindrance. Any little mistake when selling flowers can be the cause of jail. The deserving poor are the people who try to climb the social ladder by working and try to have a decent living, much different from the undeserving poor.

" Don?t say that, Governor. Don't look at it that way. What am I, Governors both? I ask you, what am I. I'm one of the undeserving poor: that?s what I am. Think what that means to a man. It means that he's up agen middle class morality all the time?I don't eat less hearty than him; and drink a lot more. I want a bit of amusement, cause I'm a thinking man?"
( Act 2, pg 58 Mr Doolittle says to Mr Higgins)

The undeserving poor, the people who spend most of the time drinking the money they have earned do not have any remorse of not living a life with middle class moralities with its responsibilities and duties. Mr Doolittle is a stereotype for this kind of living.
As mentioned the class differences are utterly shown and while this interaction between the two classes occurs the issue of the social problem arises.

"You expect me to get into that and wet myself all over! Not me. I should catch my death. I knew a woman did it every Saturday night; and she