Maximiliano Ramos IULM 2007 Pygmalion and Frankenstein Literature
The creators <ul><li>Both Higgins and Frankenstein are so fond of their respective desire of creating that they don’t think about the consequences of their work… </li></ul>... both were irresponsible creators
When it comes to relating to people Higgins and Frankenstein have problems… Higgins because of his mother . Victor due to his obsession for creating a being.
The creations <ul><li>Throughout the play, Eliza remains herself in spite of her physical change… </li></ul>… it could be said that, at the end of the play, she has learnt a lot and has become wiser.
The Wretch after suffering the scorn of everyone and his master`s contempt… <ul><li>… turns into a real monster. </li></ul>
Both Eliza and the Wretch are very smart and ,in their own way, rebel against their creator s . <ul><li>Eliza gives a lesson to Higgins by showing that appearances are not the most important thing in life... </li></ul>...and The Wretch takes revenge by killing Victor`s loved ones and then, killing Victor himself.
In the end, Eliza has the chance to be happy when she finds someone who was like her: Freddy She could find her place in society. <ul><li>The Wretch is not able to find anyone who sympathizes with him...he cannot find a companion. </li></ul>Both are created for a specific purpose imposed by their creator... But both develop their own identity.
Physical appearance <ul><li>Both Frankenstein and Pygmalion deal with this topic. </li></ul>
In Frankenstein , The Wretch is abhorred by everyone because of his physical appearance . <ul><li>In Pygmalion, Eliza changes (or is changed) due to her appearance... </li></ul>Mr Higgins not only refers to physical appearance per se but also to the way of speaking as a way of qualifying people.
Frankenstein shows how much we take physical appearance into account without paying attention to feelings... ...and Pygmalion deals with keeping up appearances in order to maintain one`s social level.
Both masterpieces leave a message to the reader… Our purpose in life is for everyone of us to find.