The Character Of Alfred Doolittle In Pygamalion

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The Character of Alfred Doolittle in Pygamalion

PYGAMALION 1.) In Act 3 we learned a lot more about the character and
philosophy of Alfred Doolittle. He is strangely individualistic personally and
very eloquent. He is representative of the social class of the "undeserving
poor", which, means that he is not entitled to receive financial support from
the government, since he is physically able to work. He lives only for the
moment; from day to day. The money he gets he wastes on intoxicating
himself, and he has no intentions of taking any serious responsibilities, for
himself, or for his daughter. Further on, in Act 5, Mr. Doolittle appears at the
house of Professor Higgins, and angrily accuses Higgins of making him into a
middle-class gentleman against his will. Higgins has said that Alfred Doolittle
was the most original moralist in present day England. He has written a note
to Mr. Wannafeller, a rich American and told him that. Wannafeller died and
left Dolittle a share worth a thousand dollars a year on condition that he¹d
lecture for his Wannafeller Moral reform World League ax often as they¹d
ask him, possibly up to 6 times a year. Doolittle doesn¹t mind the lectures,
but he hates becoming one of the working class, because now he¹s earning a
living (middle class morality). He sees now that he has to taken added
responsible onto him. He could have turned down the offer but was
intimidated. As a result he needs Higgins to teach him to speak proper
English. He doesn¹t like it at all and blames Higgins for it. By virtue of his
newfound morality, he must marry the woman with whom he has been living
for years. 2.) Eliza angers Higgins by telling Colonel Pickering that his
gentlemanly manners have meant more to her than Higgings¹ teaching. She
says that the difference between a lady and a flower girl isn¹t the way in
which she behaves but how she is treated. She knows that Pickering will
always treat her as a lady and that she will always be a flower girl to Higgins.
Higgins tries to convince Eliza that she is better off staying with him, instead
Eliza leaves in search of her independence. Pickering and Dootlittle leave for
the church for his marriage and Mrs. Higgins also leaves so Higgins and Eliza
are alone. Higgins wants Eliza to come back because they have grown
accustomed to each other; he is irritated when she says she may marry

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