Pygmalion - What is your reaction to Shaw's decision that Higgins and Eliza should not get married?

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The two marrying would also have left the audience unsure whether Eliza had developed independence. Shaw chooses to close the play just before any wedding were to occur, to make the audience think about what should happen. Throughout Pygmalion, Higgins is cruel and exhibits derogatory behaviour towards Eliza...
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His first impression of her is of a "squashed cabbage". At the end of the play, he does not have this impression of her, yet he still does not show any affection towards Eliza and is cruel to her in this way. Due to his personality, he cannot change this characteristic of himself. If there was to be a successful relationship between the two, Higgins would have to become more affectionate towards Eliza, something that he cannot do...
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