The Personalist Project

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Katie van Schaijik

#1, Jan 28, 2012 10:29pm

Interesting.  It's been many years since I read Pygmalion, the play by the socialist wit George Bernard Shaw on which My Fair Lady was based.  But, if memory serves, in the original version there's a more pronounced role reversal.  Eliza does gain this new "moral vision".  Her education opens her up to a whole world of values and to her own worth as a person at the same time.

Professor Higgins, on the other hand, who appears at first to be a perfect English gentleman, is gradually exposed for a cold-hearted user-of-persons.  

In the end, he wants to keep using Eliza, and while she is tempted, she realizes that he is too ego-centric to love her properly, so she leaves.

Ever since then, I've disliked the ending of My Fair Lady.  I think he hasn't really humbled himself enough to deserve her.

Great show though!


#2, Jan 29, 2012 9:27pm

Since I found out that Julie Andrews played Eliza in the play, I really want to see it! The movie was interesting. I have never read Pygmalion.

I agree with the unfulfilling ending: he was so pompous! It was a lot of fun, though. This was my first paper assignment for my senior seminar class in philosophy.

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