How does Higgins treat Eliza in Pygmalion?
Professor Higgins objectifies Eliza as the main component of his experiment, even bullying her at times.
When Eliza takes a taxi and comes to Higgins for speech lessons so that she can "be a lady in a flower shop stead of sellin at the corner of Tottenham Court Road," (Act II) Higgins speaks about her to Pickering as though she is not a real person.
HIGGINS. Pickering, shall we ask this baggage to sit down, or shall we throw her out of the window? (Act II)
After saying things that hurt Eliza's feelings because he speaks of her as a mere object, such as his proposal to Pickering that he can make a "duchess out of a guttersnipe," Higgins calls her ungrateful. Even when Pickering scolds his friend, asking him if he does not think the girl has feelings,...
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