Pygmalion
Pygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw

Three-Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

Henry Higgins bets Colonel Pickering that he can turn Eliza Doolittle, a flower girl, into a duchess in six months. After dealing with her for a short while, they both agree it will be a tough task.

Act II

After successfully "passing off" the flower girl as a duchess, Higgins wins the bet, but Eliza is left angry and dissatisfied.

Act III

Eliza runs away from Higgins; they meet again and argue once more before she says goodbye for what she thinks is the last time. Higgins thinks otherwise.

Next Page: Trivia
Previous Page: Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Rags to Riches

Need help with College?