In questo post viene fornita, in lingua inglese, l’analisi dell’opera Pygmalion di G.B.Shaw.
1. Pygmalion: In Ovid’s Metamophosis, Pygmalion is a sculptor who is not interested in women. Pygmalion, however, finds himself in love with his sculpture, Galatea, and he caresses her and offers her with all the gifts women like. At the end, Venus realizes his wish and turn Galatea into a real woman.
2. A Romance: Putting the Pymalion myth together with the idea of a romance, we can also think of the Cinderella fairy-tale (whose modern versions are Working Girl and Pretty Woman). This, however, is exactly what Shaw wants to critique. What you should find out in the play, then, is what kind of transformation happens in the play, and whether there is a romance as we expect it.
Shavian (Shaw’s) Style: It will help if you have a general undersanding of Shaw’s style.
1. stage direction –economical exposition and suggestive of social background;
2. prefatory essay–used to express his doctrines;
3. discussion in the play. Sometimes Shaw calls his own plays Problem Play, Discussion Drama, Play of Ideas. He also claims that “[p]rimarily, [his plays] are not plays: they are tracts in dramatic forms.” He regards social criticism as the most important function of all art.