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Since almost the beginning of civilisation people have been divided into social classes There was always an upper class rich powerful and in control Then there was a middle class less comfortably off than the upper class and certainly less powerful but respected nonetheless Last of all and usually least the lower working class making up the majority of people rarely having the necessities of life and never considered by other classes no matter how long or hard they worked on improving their situation In the following essay I will discuss whether George Bernard Shaw agreed with this distinction and division of society and how he exhibited his views through his renowned play Pygmalion Throughout the play ladies and gentleman are continuously recognised for who they are through four factors how they are dressed their manners how they speak and their money It is however noticeable that a combination of all four factors is rarely to be found For instance Henry Higgins although well - dressed well spoken and with money has manners which could not be characterised as genteel Alfred Doolittle after acquiring some money is well dressed has some form of manners and could be classified as rich yet is not well spoken Nevertheless when the maid opens the door to him she instantly percieves that he is a gentleman So what really does make a lady or a gentleman Many times during the play the difference between the appearance of the classes is expressed It is especially noticeable in the first two acts An indication of this would be when Higgins is distinguished as a gentleman and not a detective because of the boots he is wearing Bystander Es a gentleman look at his boots The bystander obviously knew what sort of clothing a gentleman would wear This implies that it was well known what kind of boots were worn by whom which means that the difference between
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