My favourite literary character is Elisa Doolittle. Elisa is
the main character of Bernard Shaw's famous comedy
"Pygmalion". Elisa is eighteen, she has a strong Cockney
accent. She comes from the lowest social level. She makes
money by selling flowers in the streets of London.
Once Elisa meets Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics.
Elisa and Higgins begin to work hard at the girl's
pronunciation and manners. Higgins makes an agreement
with his friend Pickering that he will pass Elisa off as a
duchess in six months. At last, before six months are over, she
is well prepared to be introduced into society. Pickering and
Higgins take her to a dinner party and the Queens dancing
Everything is good and professor wins his bet. But what
is to become of poor girl now when the game is over? She has
acquired some culture and she wants to do useful work.
Anyway, she can't sell flowers in the streets again. She wants
her share of respect and independence.
I like Elisa's quick wit, sense of humour and moral strength. The character of this girl shows how much force and talent lies undeveloped in common people. Elisa, thank to her mind and abilities, reaches a lot in life. And eventually people get to appreciate her.
1. What is your favourite literary character?
2. Who is the author of "Pygmalion"?
3. Elisa Doolittle is the main hero of the comedy, doesn't
4. Who helped Elisa with her pronunciation?
5. Do you like Eliza's character?