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.