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How could a lowly flower girl make such a drastic change into a refined lady She could not have possibly pulled it off herself she would need help Thus is the case in the play Pygmalion by GB Shaw The poor flower girl Eliza is turned into a duchess so to speak by the other characters in the play The characters responsible for the change in Eliza throughout the play were Henry Higgins Mrs Pierce and Colonel Pickering all of which had strong influences on her either mentally or physically The obvious character who influenced transformations in Eliza would be Henry Higgins He is the one who instituted the bet in which he boasted that he could turn her into a lady He helped the transformation of Eliza into a lady by pushing her to the brink of exhaustion during her studies of the English Language This made her stronger physically but made her resent him Also his teachings helped shape her into that of a duchess Another person responsible for the changes in Eliza was Mrs Pierce Her involvement was more with Elizas appearance rather than her personality It was Mrs Pierce who bathed Eliza that first day and it was Mrs Pierce who kept her appearance refined She picked out the clothes and made sure she ate correctly In some ways Mrs Pierce was like a mother taking care of a baby Eliza was the baby because she is just learning how to be a lady The final and most important character responsible for transformations in Eliza was none other than Colonel Pickering He was responsible for buying all the beautiful clothes that Eliza wore Not only did he make her look good but he made her feel good about herself He did this by always treating her like she was special by always treating her like a lady He always treated her with the respect she deserved He built
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