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According to a Greek myth Pygmalion an ancient sculptor living on Cyprus Island worshipped the goddess of love Venus The local women disgusted him so he sculpted himself the perfect one for him Galatea Higgins undertakes a similar project to sculpt a duchess by changing the appearance and the manners of a flower girl In his Pygmalion Shaw teases his audience foreshadowing a Cinderella-like romantic play He further mocks the audience by allowing Higgins to be the fairy godmother of this romance creating his Cinderella out of a simple flower girl After the ball however it becomes clear that Eliza is as a better person than Higgins Shaw makes his audience realize that just like Cinderella Eliza was a duchess even when her appearance and spoken word were that of a flower girl Shaw further manifests that her father will always remain a bum regardless of his finances or appearance and Higgins will live the rest of his life as an impolite bachelor who cares for nothing but his work By changing the appearance and the social class of his characters while keeping their personalities constant Shaw makes a critical point people can only change their image popularity and wealth but will always remain the same on the inside The character of Alfred Doolittle Elizas father remains unchanged throughout the play Shaw depicts him as a bum in Doolittles first appearance in act II who literally sells his daughter for some inconsiderable amount of money He is presented as a lowlife nobody who likes to drink and does not like to have any responsibilities When he appears in act five however Shaw dresses him as a gentleman and gives him the wealth of a millionaire Doolittles views of life however remain unchanged Having money forces him to accept responsibility which he clearly regards as a burden He longs for the days when he drank without a single care in the world Shaw emphasizes that
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