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The relationship between the texts you have studied and their respective cultural context is significant because it provides insight into the way values have been maintained and changed Discuss with reference to the text from the past and its appropriation The intended audience of both Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and Pretty Woman directed by Garry Marshall was the mass of society at the time of composition This is seen through the choice of the form of each text Pygmalion is a play because in the early twentieth centaury this was the popular way of spreading ideas and Pretty Woman is a Hollywood film a current form of mass media today Because both texts were aimed at the majority of society they each must represent the views of their cultural context to be popular which both texts proved to be As both texts reflect the cultural views of the context they were composed in a comparison of the two provides a significant insight into the way specific values have been maintained and changed over time One of the main values explored in both texts is what each society believes to be the perfect woman By comparing the way these women in both texts are presented we are given an insight into the changing status of women over time In English society in the early 1900s women were seen as inferior to men and were often stereotyped in the sense of the clothes they wore how they spoke and how they presented themselves rather than their personality Womens inferiority is seen in Higgins and Elizas unequal relationship Higgins is clearly presented as the master and owner of Eliza as he buys her from her father and treats her as a live doll Eliza is almost objectified by Higgins representing the sexism present in the 1900s She is seen as the perfect woman by society only when she has been transformed to a dignified well
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