Study Guide

Pygmalion Characters

By George Bernard Shaw

Henry Higgins

Higgins is what you might call a bundle of contradictions. He's a woman-hating mama's boy; an...

Eliza Doolittle

Eliza comes very close to being a walking cliché.She's the poor girl from the streets who...

Mr. Alfred Doolittle

Alfred Doolittle is a smooth-talking garbage man, a serial monogamist (although he's not always...

Colonel Pickering

Colonel Pickering is the closest thing Pygmalion has to a father figure. He's a sweet old chap,...

Mrs. Higgins

Mrs. Higgins, Henry Higgins's mother, was once a young, intelligent independent woman with...

Mrs. Pearce

Mrs. Pearce is a housekeeper. She's also, like Pickering and Mrs. Higgins, a voice of reason. In...

Mrs. and Miss Eynsford Hill

We can cover these two women at the same time. They're always together, after all. (You can read...

Freddy

Freddy is the Romantic Interest. In another play, he might have a big part, but in Pygmalion, he...

The Parlor-Maid

The Parlor-Maid is Mrs. Higgins's maid/housekeeper. 'Nuff said.

The Bystander, The Sarcastic Bystander, etc.

In the first act, there are a number of peripheral characters, some sarcastic, some not, who make...