Pygmalion

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Act by Act Analysis

Pygmalion might be better-known by the name of its cinematic adaptation, My Fair Lady. But Shaw's play differs from the film in several key ways — not least of which is the ambiguity of the ending, which enraged and enthralled VIctorian audiences. As you read, pay close attention to the way that Shaw builds tension and describes his setting. In what way is the social-historical context of the play instrumental to its tensions, stakes, and concerns — and in what ways can the play transcend the particulars of its setting to remain applicable today?

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General Analysis

The title of the play is a direction reference to a mythological sculptor, Pygmalion, who fell in love with his own creation. In what way does Eliza Doolittle function as Galatea to Higgins' Pygmalion -- and what comment is Shaw making here about agency and femininity? In what way is Shaw critiquing this mythological story, which captivated the Victorian stage in the late 1800s? Finally, what is the relationship between language and class in Shaw's play, and in what way does Higgins represent a sinister force of paternalism and patriarchal control?

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Social-Historical Context

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