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Shaws play Pygmalion demonstrates the belief that all people are created equal and all have equal ability and opportunity to achieve and succeed in every aspect of life by revealing the absurdity of the class system of Victorian England This belief goes strongly against Victorian eras views of social stature social roles and classes were regarded as natural and fairly inflexible Shaw who was an ardent socialist saw flaws in this way of thinking and rebelled against it in his many writings This can be see in Shaws treatment of Eliza Colonel Pickerings behavior as well as Shaws portrayal of the upper classes in comparison to the lower classes Eliza is in the beginning of the play obviously very poor and from a low class as she wears raggedy clothing and has the difficult job of selling flowers on the street As well she talks with a different rougher tone and vernacular than Freddy Pickering or Higgins This does not as Shaw shows mean she is any way inferior to people of the higher classes As she says herself the only thing that truly sets apart a flower girl and a lady is not how she behaves but how she is treated The difference in the way she is treated as a flower girl and as a duchess is enormous When she was a lowly flower girl at the beginning of the play upper class people tried to stop others from giving her money for her flowers and even hesitated to talk to her However when she was thought to be a duchess she commanded the utmost respect from the upper class people at the final party winning compliments about her impeccable speech and undergoing numerous conversations Between these two events there was no change in Eliza aside from the way she talked the way she dresses she was exactly the same person and yet she was treated so vastly differently This exposes absurdity of
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