Question: English & Literature

compare and contrast the ways in which eliza and her father are thrust into the middle class,and why each is not comfertable in it. thro this characters what does shaw seem to be saying about class

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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.

MHood2 | 193 days ago

It is quite surprising that they are not comfortable in the middle station of life. It may be that they have weak characters or not ready to face the world. They can ofcourse make use of their social upliftment for their social and moral advantage but instead they redicule it.

Class has nothing to do with these characters because I find them as weak characters. Anyone in the place of Mr. Doolittle would have been much happier and so also in the place of Miss Eliza. But they can also be defended by the fact that they recently got upgraded in their social level and being new they fear or are not yet experienced to handle their present position. 

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