Morality in My Fair Lady

Moralityin My Fair Lady

Myfairladyoriginallyappearedon a stagemusicalthat hadits rootsin a playby thenamePygmalion doneby George Doolittle. Itoutlinesthestoryof a peasantgirlnamedEliza Doolittle whomakesa livingby sellingflowersin&nbspLondon.Due to thesocialstratificationfoundin thecountry,there is a differentiated languageusebetween theupper-classandlower-class people.Eliza fallsin thelatterclass,andher languageuseannoysa phoneticsprofessor,Higgins, whooverhears her Cockney accent.Heresolvesto teachEliza to speaktheupper-classlanguagesothatshecould finda respectableoccupationamong thewealthypopulation.After gettingto term,Eliza movesto Higgins apartmentsto starther languageclasses.With thehelpof Pickering, theygetto thetaskof makingher a fairladyin an effortt integrateher to theupper-class.Thefilmraisesseveralthemesthat raisethefeelingof theaudience.Adomain ofemphasisis theissueof moralityas expressedin thestructureof thefilm(Solomon 55).

Layingsomeemphasison thecharacters,wecan deduceseveraltendenciesthat puttheir moralityandresponsibilityin question.First,Higgins, whois phoneticsprofessor,getsthedescriptionof an arrogantteacherwhodidnot toleratetheincorrectlanguageandthatwhyhegotannoyedwhenheheardEliza speak.Asper themovie,theprofessorcould sortpeopleinto their respectiveoriginsandprospectsin thesocietyby listeningto their accent.His negativeattitudetowards thelow-class citizenscreatesa riftbetween him andthem. Heis justa representativeof thewealthyandlearnedcitizenswhohadprejudicialthoughtstowards accentedpeople(Lerner, 2).

Secondly,Higgins andhis helper,Pickering, agreeto trainEliza to speakcorrectlynot due to their genuineeffortto helpher finda respectablejob.Their mainwasto furthertheir researchas to whethertheycould moulda personto reflecttheir characteristicsof choice.Theywantedto makeher speakwith a Hungarian accentthat hada placein bigpartiesandballs.All thistookplacewith Eliza beingobliviousof her teachersusingher as a specimen.Theirresponsiblemovedepictstheir lackof moralityandrespecttowards thedesperatelady.Their achievementwould be completeafter gettingthemoneyandaffirmingtheir hypotheticalassertions(Ray 301).

Doolittleis desperateformoney,andheputshis daughterat thedisposalof thetwo menforonlyfive pounds.Hesoughtacquaintancewith a wealthypersonto raisehis socialclass.Hehas noreservationsof whattranspireout of her daughter’srelationshipwith thetwo menprovidedheachievedhis goal.His modeof doingthingsandmoralityis similarto themodeof behaviorobservedin Pickering andHiggins. Asa parent,hehadtheresponsibilitytowards her daughterswellbeing.Doolittle would havewantedher daughterto marryHiggins, andthisrepresentsanothermoralaspectof tryingto controlthelovelifeof a child.Against theaudience’sexpectation, as wellas literatureprofessionals,theauthorof theplay,alienatesEliza from Higgins andshemarriesFreddy, a youngmanshemetwhensellingflowers.Higgins laughedoff theidea,andhecannot comprehendwhyEliza would makesuch a moveafter gainingseveralstepsup theladderof thesocialclass(Bauschatz 182).

Thecostumesusedin thefilmreflectthedifferentclassesof peoplein thesociety.Themoralaspectof peoplewith referenceto howothers dresseddictatedthetreatmenttheyreceived.Thecostumeswornby Eliza andhis fathercannot finda placein thewealthparties.His fatherwantsa newsetof clothesandafter inheritingwealthfrom arichcitizen,his statuschange.Whenheappearsto Higgins andhis motherlaterin thefilm,heis an acceptableman,andheearnsrespect.Thecostumeshowin thefilmwastheworkof Sir Cecil Beaton whowonmanyaccolades whohis touchof elegancewhenitcometo clothingcharacters(Bauschatz 188).

Themusicalplotby Lerner andLoewe givesthefilma senseof fame.There are severalthemessurroundingthefilm.Doolittle singsthesongGet Me To Church On Time. Thesongexpresseshis desireto marryher daughter’sstepmother in a formalweddingandstophis wayof livingin sinwith her. WithA Little Bit of Luck wasa songexpressingthenatureof lifethat Doolittle alwayslivedrelying on chancesof gettingwealthto makehis lifebetter.Itexplainswhyhedidnot turndown theofferof five poundsforher daughter.Itwastheshortestrouteto getaccessto thewealthandclassthathealwaysdesired(Disney, Mia and Earnest 45). Higgins sangI Have Become Accustomed To Her Face as a showof his approvalof Eliza as a changedwoman.Itisamemoryof thetimehehadspentwith her andthefactthathewould not marryher. Thethree aspectsbringout thethemeof moralityin an explicitway.

WorksCited

Bauschatz,Paul. &quotThe Uneasy Evolution of My Fair Lady from Pygmalion.&quotShaw(1998): 181-198.

Disney,Walt, Mia Farrow, and Ernest Troost. Beautyand the Beast.Disney, 1991.

Lerner,Alan Jay. &quotPygmalion&quot and&quot My Fair Lady.&quotBulletin(Shaw Society of America)(1956): 4-7.

Ray,Marcie. &quotMy Fair Lady: A Voice for Change.&quot AmericanMusic32.3 (2014): 292-316.

Solomon,Stanley J. &quotThe Ending of&quot Pygmalion&quot: A StructuralView.&quot EducationalTheatre Journal(1964): 59-63.