Pygmalion vs. My Fair Lady

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Pygmalion vs. My Fair LadyThe Academy Award-winning musical film My Fair Lady produced by George Cukor in 1964, was based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw written in 1913. Although, the basic story line and underlying themes are the same, there are a number of differences between the two famous works. The most pronounced difference is that My Fair Lady had songs added to the dialogue. Furthermore, Pygmalion deals with many of the social issues that were occurring during the Victorian era in England, which is different from the musical which portrays what a person can do if they put forth a true effort.

In My Fair Lady there is more emphasis on Eliza's character developing her speech and going through all the unusual exercises' such as speaking with marbles in her mouth and being hooked up to a machine while saying her vowels, than in the written play.

This is probably due to the fact that in the play people should expect all of this to happen and don't need to be told. Also, Cukor's My Fair Lady did this in the musical because it adds entertainment value.

When Eliza finally is able to speak well, Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering decided to take her to meet Higgins' mother to see how see would behave around other distinguished people of high class society. This is the same in both Pygmalion the play and My Fair Lady the musical, however, in the musical they take her to meet Professor Higgins' mother at a horse race where as in the play they take Eliza to Higgins' mother's house. Also, in the play Eliza meets Mrs. Eynsford Hill, Clara, and Freddy at Higgins' mother's while in the musical she doesn't meet Clara, only Mrs. Eynsford Hill and Freddy at...