MALE SCULPTORS IN THE MOLDING OF ELIZA DOOLITTLE IN BERNARD SHAW’S PYGMALION
BERNARD SHAW’IN PYGMALION ADLI ESERİNDE ELIZA DOOLITTLE’I ŞEKİLLENDİREN ERKEK HEYKELTIRAŞLAR

Author : Devrim VAROL
Number of pages : 305-311

Summary

In his play, Pygmalion, Bernard Shaw explores the very facts about the constructive and destructive sides of male power and dominancy over the re-creation of a female. The title of the play calls for an understanding of Ovid’s mythological story and its subliminal messages which also provide a basis for Shaw’s play. In Ovid’s story, Pygmalion, a male sculptor, is granted the power to create a female paragon out of an ivory statue. As a woman hater, Pygmalion’s creation embodies all the traits of a male perspective that echoes itself in the making of a creature embellished with the choices of a male taste. Similarly, in Shaw’s Pygmalion, Eliza is molded with the teachings of her male creator’s profession, which is phonetics. However, unlike a lifeless statue, Eliza needs to improve some other skills in order to exist in a social class she is not born into. In this juncture, this paper aims at defining the roles of male characters in Eliza’s transformation.

Keywords

Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, Eliza Doolittle, Henry Higgins

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