T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘Journey of the Magi’ is rich in content, imagery, symbolism and above all Biblical References. The poem throws some powerful questions to all the readers and seeks answers from them. This poem is very deep and hard to understand at the very first reading. Its charm lies in its complexity and ambiguity. Here the poet talks about journey of three wise men from East and their struggle. Their journey starts at a very tough time of the atmosphere – “the worst time of the year” and that makes the task altogether more difficult. The very first step proved hard and unbearable for them. They know from the beginning that the journey is too long and will be tough to accomplish. The very weather was sharp and it was bone chilling, “very dead of winter”.
On the other hand, in ‘Pygmalion’ G. B. Shaw speaks something very similar. In the preface itself he makes his purpose very clear and tells that as a phonetician one can change the life of a layman. The reformation of the inner soul is possible if proper and systematic training could be provided to the countrymen. A planned rigorous linguistic training can bring a sea-change in the character of the person. He tells that English language can uplift the status of the person in the society. In the first act he introduces a Notetaker who is interested in noting down the speech of different class of people in the throng. The Notetaker feels that these people are not correct users of English language and in a way they are insulting the whole country. He is aware of all the hurdles in making them fluent speakers but as a humanitarian he never looses his hope. Hoping against hope he lives in the expectation that one day the change will come. The Flower Girl is also someone who lives in her simple condition but still hopes to rise in the society and dreams being a lady in the flower shop. Her dream is too big for her but finally she gets some silver lining from ‘The Notetaker’.
In the poem – ‘Journey of the Magi’, the Magi are coming from a very affluent class and faces troubles in the rough journey. They have a very good and rich past and they can not forget that happy time. They regret the time when they took the decision to embark the fierce journey. They never thought that the journey will be too rigorous and tiring. The hard and paining ‘winter’ stands in sharp contrast to their cherished ‘summer palaces’. They are remembering the times when – ‘silken girls’ were ‘bringing sherbet’ and entertaining them.
In the play – “Pygmalion” Eliza is very sad with her present life and thinks that one day she will also get all the high class luxuries. She sells flowers to earn her living but in her heart she has some big dreams. When she realizes that she also can be one of the Lady she quickly makes her mind and decides to take lessons from Mr. Higgins. Her journey to change herself starts from that time. She offers him money and shows her instant readiness to do anything to go the higher...