Eliza and her father are from different perspectives when it comes to social class and how it impacts them. Eliza's father has become complacent and bitter, and has made the best of things in his poverty. When his life is upset and he becomes wealthier than he has ever been, it shifts his entire way of viewing himself and others. He is uncomfortable with it and feels lost. Eliza on the other hand, believes that she is deserving of the better life, though she still has some inferiority complex when it comes to speaking with those who were born into the middle class, as opposed to gaining it like she did. Shaw seems to be stating that social class and self respect are often at odds with one another, as is personal dignity.