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!