My Fair Lady Vs. Pygmalion Essay

586 words - 3 pages

Deric Skidmore
Mrs. Kanney
English 12
9. November.2012
My Fair Lady

The musical My Fair Lady is inspired by the play Pygmalion. The central theme is the transformation, which starts out as an experiment but ends up in love.
You can compare the two main female characters, and in both situations they are merely objects to the leading men. There is no respect, only a view of them as an object that can be changed, sort of like changing the wallpaper in a room. There is no real acknowledgement of their human feelings. “Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.” You may even want to consider that their behavior in the beginning is narcissistic, that is, that the male ...view middle of the document...

It is only when they are among other people, and they get a different perspective that they find the grief and sadness in their situation and they have to go out into the world...they have to abandon their creator because he cannot see them for who they have become.
It is only after they have left that the male characters experience a metamorphosis and step outside their own self-centeredness for enough time to realize they miss their creation as people, and that they have been so selfish. It's a classic reaction... "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone".
Both plays describe a lot about the English language. “The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it”. That is a quote from both Pygmalion and My fair Lady. Both really emphasize on how there are many different accents and grammatical errors in the English language.
I personally prefer Pygmalion over My Fair Lady because it shows more symbolism with the statue, which gives you an idea, what the story is about prior to the reading. I do not enjoy musicals; therefore my fair lady does not fit my character. There is way too much singing and it drags on way too far. It’s almost lie it’s too much like the book.
This is my opinion on the comparison of Pygmalion to my fair lady. Remember that they are both themed on transformation, which starts out as an experiment but ends up in love, and are both very good. I believe the book is better for many reason and I found many faults in the play. I hope you enjoy your reading.

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