What does middle class morality mean to Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion

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Alfred Doolittle has had a long history as a ne'er-do-well when he becomes the beneficiary of Ezra D. Wannafeller, an American philanthropist, and suddenly finds himself receiving four thousand pounds a year in income. This catapults him into the very well-to-do middle class. This means he is pressured to adopt middle-class morality. He finds this morality confining and annoying.

For example, he is now expected to marry the mother of his children in order to be accepted as respectable, whereas when he was poor, nobody cared whether he was married or not. He is annoyed too because now his relatives, who had before ignored him, have come clamoring around wanting his acquaintance in the hopes he will give them or leave them money. Further, doctors are now finding all sorts of things wrong with him for which he needs costly medical treatments, whereas before they hadn't had the least interest in his health. He finds middle-class expectations that he behave in a certain "upright" and responsible ways, such as by marrying, acknowledging his relatives, and taking care of his health, a burden and a bother.

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Alfred Doolittle is a person who has clearly gone wrong with his life. He treats his daughter poorly as evidenced by the fact that she's a bit scared of him, even though she's not afraid to speak her mind to him when he is being difficult. He drinks all the time, which leads him to be on the streets looking for money for that one last pint of ale. Further, he's about to get married and he sees that as his life coming to an end as he knows it. In terms of the middle class, he is seen as very lowly according to the upper class people of the story. He is everything that Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering despise about those lower than them. After all, he's the one who taught Liza to speak as she does!

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