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Noelle Miesfeld Period 3 Pygmalion The final interaction between Eliza and Henry reveals the internal conflict between Eliza’s created persona and who she is discovering that she wants to be. Throughout the play, Eliza's character was swept out of one society and plunged into an entirely different one. This transformation changed more that just her persona, but also revealed a whole new side of her ego that she never knew before. The culmination of these two alterations comes out in the final interaction between Higgins and Eliza. The chemistry between these two Eiron characters exposes their inner anima and animus. However, despite what the audience sees, Eliza decides that the future she wants to have does not include Higgins. Eliza's persona in the beginning of the play is influenced by her life on Dreary Lane. She is not well-educated, she is not able to bathe regularly, and she must sell flowers on the street for a living. These external influences of her existing society prevent her from achieving her goal of working in a real flower shop. The way she spoke and her manners kept her from moving up on the social ladder. Her chance encounter with Higgins and Pickering however, changed her life forever. She learned proper English and lady-like manners so well that no one could tell she used to be a flower-selling girl from the gutters. She had a created the persona of a refined and elegant woman who acted and spoke exquisitely. She fit in perfectly with the surroundings of the reformed society she was now living in. Not only did her appearance to the outside world change, but the way she viewed herself changed as well. No longer did she feel like a lesser person because of the way she was brought up. No longer did she feel she had to be treated any differently because of the way she looked. She saw in herself independence and talent that she finally felt free to use. She wants to be able to marry whomever she pleases, and work wherever she chooses. Eliza's final revelation about all of her experiences comes to light in her last interaction with Higgins in Act V. Her ability to stand up to Higgins and tell him that he is not always right shows not only Eliza, but Higgins as well, the strength she has gained. As Eliza confesses to Higgins that Pickering taught her more important things than he had, she realizes she didn't need Higgins anymore. Eliza could use the persona that Higgins helped her mold and utilize the self-respect that Pickering had taught her to do whatever she wanted with her life.
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