World War Ii and United States

Topics: World War II, United States, George Bernard Shaw Pages: 4 (1254 words) Published: March 11, 2014


The United States is playing a role similar to Higgins in the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion in which Higgins portrays a manipulative character with a hidden agenda towards Eliza Doolittle. Higgins uses Eliza Doolittle as a pawn in his bet against Colonel Pickering pertaining to linguistics and phonetics while in the process neglecting her and disregarding her eagerness for knowledge. This correlates with The U.S.’s current activity in Uganda. The U.S., like Higgins, has a hidden agenda.

Colonel Pickering decides to take up a bet with Henry Higgins regarding Eliza Doolittle. Higgins is a professor of phonetics, Pickering also has a reputation in phonetics, is very much like Higgins but more considerate. Eliza Doolittle is a poor working class young woman selling flowers on the streets of London.

Higgins, boasting his skills in phonetics, tells Pickering that he can pass Eliza as a duchess just by teaching her proper speech. As Eliza hears this it sparks an interest in her to become more. Later Pickering makes a wager; if Eliza is passed off as a duchess at a garden party, he will cover all of the costs of the teachings. The U.S. took action and sent a military presence to Uganda in what looked to be a move with humanitarian intentions. However, Uganda possesses billions of barrels of oil in reserve, a resource that is in very high demand, especially to the U.S. (Martin 2009) In this paper Eliza represents the Invisible children and Uganda. While Higgins represents The United States government. In the play, Eliza is a very common girl in England trying to make something of herself selling flowers to get by. Her ambitions are to succeed as more than a common person and open a flower shop. According to the World Bank, almost 40% of Uganda’s population lives off of less than $1.25 a day, most of which is corrupt (T.I. 2012). Uganda’s dream to become a middle class country with industry was in sight with the discovery of oil in the district...
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