Pygmalion is the story of phonetics professor Henry Higgins and his bet with Colonel Pickering that he can, through education, teach Cockney woman Eliza Doolittle to speak and comport herself as a Duchess at an upcoming party. The play sharply critiques elements of Edwardian English morality, particularly the class lines drawn by dress, composure, and diction. It also uses the cruel and manipulative Higgins to show the upper class's penchant for seeing those beneath them as subhuman or unworthy of dignified treatment.
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