The Popularity of "Pygmalion"
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This paper examines George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion" where this renowned Irish playwright adapted into a modern context the classic Greek tale by Ovid of a woman-hating sculptor who falls in love with his artistic creation and wishes to bring her to life. The author discusses this play's plot, characterization, and structure, and analyzes why the play is so popular.
From the Paper:"Pygmalion's creator George Bernard Shaw was an Irish dramatist, a literary critic, a relentless spokesman for Socialism, and a leading figure in the twentieth-century theater. In political terms he was a freethinker, a supporter of women's rights, and an advocate of equality of income. He supported the abolition of private property, a radical change in the voting system in Great Britain, and campaigned for the simplification of spelling and the reform of the English alphabet. In 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his literary achievements. (Wiener)
"In his popular 1913 play, Pygmalion, this renowned Irish playwright adapted into a modern context the classic Greek tale by Ovid of a woman-hating sculptor who falls in love with his artistic creation and wishes to bring her to life. The Pygmalion of Ovid's play Metamorphosis was a king of Cyprus and a sculptor who created a statue of a beautiful woman with whom he fell in love. In answer to Pygmalion's fervent prayers to the goddess Aphrodite, the statue was brought to life as Galatea, and Pygmalion married her. (Chesterton)"
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