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Bernard Shaw shows and describes Professor Higgins throughout Pygmalion as a very rude man While one may expect a very well-educated man such as Higgins to be a gentleman he is far from being a gentleman Higgins believes that the way you treat someone is not important as long as you treat everyone equally The great secret Eliza is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners but having the same manner for all human souls in short behaving as if you were in Heaven where there are no third-class carriages and one soul is as good as anotherShaw Act V Pygmalion Higgins presents this theory to Eliza in hope of justifying his rude treatment of her This theory would be fine if Higgins himself lived by it Henry Higgins however lives by a variety of variations of this philosophy It is easily seen how Higgins follows this theory He is consistently rude towards Eliza Mrs Pearce and his mother His manner is the same to each of them in accordance to his philosophy However the Higgins we see at the parties and in good times with Pickering is very well-mannered and a true gentleman This apparent discrepancy between Higgins actions and his words may not exist depending on the interpretation of this theory There are two possible translations of Higgins philosophy It can be viewed as treating everyone in the same manner all the time or treating everyone equally at a particular time It is obvious that Higgins does not treat everyone equally all of the time as witnessed by his actions when he is in one of his states as Mrs Higgins parlor maid calls it The Higgins that we see in Mrs Higgins parlor is not the same Higgins we see at the parties When in the state Henry Higgins wanders aimlessly around the parlor irrationally moving from chair to chair highly unlike the
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