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No matter what they say Its all about money Right from the start of the texts Pretty Woman and Pygmalion the idea of money is focused upon as one of the central elements and assists in creating a sense of social class and social hierarchy Both texts follow the rise of a young lady in social class essentially driven by the desire for money They escalate from a life of work and being financially challenged to one of high esteem with all the riches they would ever desire Money is shown in both texts and indeed most stories to be the key determinant of social class as well as a symbol of power and authority The professions of Higgins from Pygmalion and Edward from Pretty Woman can both be associated with the higher-class individuals in the particular societies at the time of each text being a phonetician and businessman respectively This underlines the idea that money has similar values in both settings However Pygmalion poses more contrasting values in relation to how the money is obtained While in the day and age of Pretty Woman Los Angeles in the 1990s it doesnt really matter how you come by the money or what immoral means you use to get it at the time of Edwardian England in Pygmalion this was much the opposite Respectability was quite highly valued and any immoral activity would be much criticised by society and looked down upon An example of this can be seen where Doolittle is criticised by Higgins for seemingly selling his daughter for a sum of money In these texts both Eliza and Vivian undergo a journey initiated by their desire for money and social class In their respective societies this greatly changes their attitudes and makes them richer both literally and culturally The opening scene of Pygmalion centers on an opera which has a connotation of wealth and prosperity at that time in
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