The play is based on a poor flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, who is illiterate and defensive when somebody disrespects her for the dialect she speaks. This relationship starts out as an I-It relationship as he is seen treating her as a thing, later as a challenge to overcome, and then as a bet to win. Pickering is also implied to believe in that if you treat a person one way, they will behave and act that way. However, his researches in language are not only one achievement of the hero. But little does Higgins know the change will go far beyond his expectations: Eliza transforms from a defensive insecure girl to a fully confident,strong, and independent woman. When her worries prove true, it is to her that all the characters turn. He serves as a foil for much of what Henry does.
Henry Higgins is a renowned linguist who openly questions why anyone would want to speak anything other than proper British English. The excerpt is mainly Higgins and Pickering giving excuses and exaggerating Eliza's language skills to Mrs. When she implores Higgins to teach her phonetics, she never wanted to acquire any luxuries from his house, but only thought of improving her career with this new knowledge. If a relationship and communication is brought up to the I-You level, then perhaps both parties involved feel a little more acknowledged and satisfied, but both people still have moments where I-It may take place. The flippant advice given by Henry has paid off for Eliza's father, who is now the beneficiary of a substantial pension from the American millionaire. The following types of non-listening; pseudo listening, monopolizing, and selective listening are defined below as each one is discussed.
And then you were surprised because she threw your slippers at you! Finally, I will conclude with the subject of conflict orientation. Pickering is mild, sensitive, polite, a master of social graces and both outwardly and inwardly respectful. The real re- making of Eliza Doolittle happens after the ambassador's party, when she decides to make a statement for her own dignity against Higgins' insensitive treatment. Higgins maintains this way of communication and treatment of Eliza through most of the movie, whereas Colonel Pickering urges Higgins to not work her so hard or forget that she too is actually a person and not some animal being trained. This is the life she has known and it makes hard for her to live day to day as she has no education that can provide for her the opportunity to have a better job to better support herself than the one she occupies: selling flowers. First we have the relationship between Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. One scene of importance in this matter is at Mrs.
Colonel Pickering and Professor Higgins portray the white-collar class through their treatment of Eliza. He views himself as the ultimate human being due to his excellent speech abilities, sitting upon a throne he cannot be knocked down from. Pickering is guilty of pseudo listening, perhaps to a lesser extent than Higgins, yet guilty just the same. Higgins is limited in his ability to use empathy or sympathy within his communication with Eliza as a result of the blockage created by his pre-judgment of all peoples who do not speak as he thinks everyone should. Her flowers drop into the mud of Covent Garden, the flowers she needs to survive in her poverty-stricken world. This is the life she has known and it makes hard for her to live day to day as she has no education that can provide for her the opportunity to have a better job to better support herself than the one she occupies: selling flowers. This is proved by the seen when they are home from the Embassy Ball they had taken Eliza to and began celebrating their victory.
Freddy is Eliza's suitor, having met her originally when she was a flower girl. To add to the many things that can and do complicate human communication, defective listening types also influence human communication and interpersonal relationships. . She then tells Higgins that she will pay for lessons. She is very aware of the class difference and is aware of both sides of the social class problems.
Musical Summary: Act Two In the second act, the circumstances of the bet become clear to Eliza, and she feels used, leaving Henry to return to the life she once knew. Language and Laughter: Comic Diction in the Plays of Bernard Shaw. Eliza also, has not got a high self-esteem which holds her back from attempting to rise above the homely flower girl she is introduced as in the movie. Pickering though, is less vulnerable to stereotypes and the attributional errors and is able to recognize Eliza as the human that she is. So you can come back or go to the devil: which you please. Unfortunately, Eliza relapses into her Cockney slang, disgusting many, but gaining the affection of a man she originally sold flowers to, named Freddy. If a relationship and communication is brought up to the I-You level, then perhaps both parties involved feel a little more acknowledged and satisfied, but both people still have moments where I-It may take place.
These two characters do have similarities, though. Finally, we have Professor Higgins and his relationship with himself. Freddy A former member of the upper class, Freddy is humble and kind and has the manners of a gentleman. Throughout taking this course, I have a renewed belief in that communication is not true communication until both parties understand the message the way it was intended to be sent and received. Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech. Finally, in analyzing this movie, writing this paper, and preparing my speech I feel that I have been given a new way to look at my relationships with others.
His biggest fault is that he can be a bully. Higgins maintains this way of communication and treatment of Eliza through most of the movie, whereas Colonel Pickering urges Higgins to not work her so hard or forget that she too is actually a person and not some animal being trained. This is in accordance with the win-lose orientation in that more often than not, in relationships where the theme is I-You, the conflicts usually have a result of one person winning and the other losing or just giving up. Though his changes were not as great, Alfred still changed as a person. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story in 1871, called Pygmalion and Galatea. Despite this, it is from Pickering that Eliza learned the importance of respect and truly feels like a lady in his presences. Eynsford Hill's obnoxious daughter, who though failing to inherit the wealth of the privileged has inherited all its snobbery.
This brings me to say that Higgins seems to have with himself, an I-Thou relationship. However, I think that it should be thought of first, because it not only decides the outcome of the conflict, or condition in which a relationship gets left in, but it also can be helpful to decide how a conflict should be handled and with what kind of mindset. The third and final orientation seen is the win-win orientation. The structure of the excerpt in lines 18-31 is created to show how Higgins and Pickering are giving excuses to why they are teaching Eliza. Eliza though, is the victim of the non-listening that takes place.