Big Brother uses more agonizing and manipulative strategies to permanently redefine the protagonist than Henry Higgins; making Big Brother’s interpellation more dominant. This is because Winston’s change was subjective, while Eliza was only provided with factual advice on how to act differently. Even near the end of the play, when it is assumed that Eliza has already become a lady, she is still not convinced with the end product.
Eliza tells Higgins that she no longer has a place in society, and that lower-class women have a stronger sense of morality than most ladies. She tells him, “I sold flowers. I didn’t sell myself. Now you’ve made a lady of me I’m not fit to sell anything else.
I wish you’d left me where you found me” (Pygmalion 4). The fact that Eliza is not conformed with the way Higgins transformed her, “displays how she didn’t go through a strong enough process of interpellation to be accepting of the new specific roles she was given in society” (Mugglestone 175). This demonstrates that Higgins does not do a good job of developing Eliza into a sophisticated woman, since she is not satisfied with the change. Although Eliza has been taught to act like an upper class lady, she has not been completely reconstructed into one. On the other hand, once the ministry of love is done torturing Winston, there is nothing left of the person he was before. This is evident when O’Brien straps a cage full of rats to Winston’s head and, in a moment of weakness, he snaps, wishing his nightmare to be performed on Julia instead; “Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don’t care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones” (Orwell 323).
By putting his life before Julia’s, Winston shows how he “no longer feels any emotion toward Julia and has learned to accept and love Big Brother unconditionally” (Bossche, 1984). The interpellation performed on Winston was so intense, the psychological torture it rewired his mind to lose all feelings for the only thing he loved in the world. This makes Big Brother’s physiological influence more powerful than Henry Higgins, because Eliza’s old speaking habits still linger with her emotionally, whereas Winston has lost all consciousness of feelings he once had.