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The benefits of acquiring an education are not limited to the academic aspects often associated with it Part of the edification it bestows includes being enabled to reach new insight being empowered to cultivate a new awareness and being endowed with a new understanding of life and of self In Bernard Shaws Pygmalion Eliza Doolittle experiences this type of enlightenment as the result of undergoing a drastic change in social status With the sponsorship and guidance of Colonel Pickering Eliza a common street flower vendor receives phonetic instruction from Professor Henry Higgins and is transformed into an elegant and refined duchess 817 Eliza Doolittle is highly emotional and has dauntless pride however her level of confidence increases as she gains a new perception of herself and a new outlook on life through the instruction she receives Although in the beginning of the play Eliza Doolittle possesses a dignity of self that has persevered despite the lowliness of her social status as a draggletailed guttersnipe 817 she has little confidence and a low sense of worth By describing Elizas emotional states throughout the play Shaw illuminates the evolution of Elizas character In the opening act when Eliza receives the impression that she is being charged for taking advantage of a gentlemans proximity to persuade him to buy a flower Shaw describes that she becomes terrified and claims I aint done nothing wrong Ive a right to sell flowers 806 Elizas initial feeling of fear points to a momentary sense of self-doubt in her character however her solid pride leads her to make a declaration in defense of her reputation Im a respectable girl so help me 806 Yet the inferiority of her status plagues Eliza with uncertainty Shaw describes that Eliza is hysterical and much distressed 807 as she continues to defend the innocence of her intentions Eliza copes with the situation in a state of
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