Evaluation of Humor As Portrayed In Pygmalion and My Fair Lady
Is an element of comedy in the sThere tory Pygmalion and in the film My Fair Lady. In the play and the film alike, a woman of the streets named Liza Doolittle is transformed from a dirty low-life from the streets to a respectable high-class woman in only six months by two wealthy gentlemen named Higgins and Pickering. Pickering challenged Higgings to make this young girl a respectable lady and this becomes the object of the story, which is filled with several comical scenes dealing with the changing lifestyle of Liza Doolittle.
There are several humorous situations found in this play. Liza Doolittles attitude is humorous in itself. She takes everything that Higgins and Pickering say to her seriously, even if they are only joking, for instance when Higgins referred to her as baggage and asked his colleague Pickering if they should have her sit down or toss her out the window. Liza responded with her patented Ah-ah-ah-ah-ow-ow-oo-oo!!! and quickly tried to get away from Higgins. There are several scenes like this throughout the play which I thought were all funny. Another scene I thought was humorous was the bath scene. Liza Doolittle, being a lady of the streets, had never taken a real bath before, and when she was asked to take her clothes off and get into the tub, she through another fit and made a huge fool out of herself. Even though this film and play were both made a long time ago, there are still parts of it that can still be considered funny by todays standards. Just imagining a bet between two distinguished gentlemen on whether or not they can change a woman from the streets into a woman of high class can be funny. A movie that this can be compared to today is Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. In this movie, Richard falls in love with Julia and changes her from a woman of the streets to a decent and beautifulwoman, much like Higgins fell in love with Liza Doolittle and changed her.
Although the movie My Fair Lady made it big back in the past, I dont thinkthat it would be very successful at the box office if it were to come out todaybecause everyones view of comedy has drastically changed from what it used to be. Comedy has lost its innocence, and this movie was too innocent to make it today. Movies such as American Pie and Big Daddy are what audiences want to see today because they portray people with serious problems in a funny way, and they dont hide anything in doing it, they makeaudiences laugh in a new way.
In conclusion, I think that the play Pygmalion and the film My Fair Lady both have elements of comedy. There are some funny moments throughout both the play and the movie that would still be considered somewhat humorous, but I dont think that the movie would succeed in the box office today.
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