Compare and contrast the apparent transformation of Alfred Doolittle into the gentleman in Act V with Eliza's transformation into a lady.


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Through her transformation, Eliza becomes much more than a lady. When she makes a stand against Higgins's intolerable behavior, she is transformed into an independent woman that Higgins can admire. In contrast, when Alfred Doolittle transforms into a gentleman, he becomes a victim of the "middle-class morality" that he is so detests. He is miserable with his riches because he must adhere to a social creed that he doesn't believe in. His transformation traps in an undesirable life; Eliza's transformation frees her from her previously undesirable life as a flower girl.