Essay Topic 1
In the Preface to Pygmalion, Shaw says that all great art should be didactic; that is, it should teach something. What does Shaw hope his play will teach people--both about language and about how reforming it might help society? Do you think the play is successful at communicating the intended message? Write an essay about this topic, using quotations from the Preface as well as from the rest of the play.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay describing the transformation of Liza Doolittle from common flower girl to lady.
Part 1) In what specific ways does she change, and why? Are the changes mostly superficial or deep changes?
Part 2) Consider Liza's statement at the end of the ambassador's party: "nothing can make me the same as these people." Is she now really transformed into a duchess? Why, or why not?
Part 3) When and how does Liza truly come...
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