Pygmalion (…through a Feminist Lens) “Pygmalion was written to challenge the class system, traditional stereotypes and the audience’s own views.” Pygmalion is a play which is written as a Romance in Five acts by an Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. The name of this play is taken from a Greek story named ‘Pygmalion’ where the main character Pygmalion sculpts a woman figure and falls in love with her and later staring her statue becomes his only motto of life when the Greek Goddess Aphrodite impressed by Pygmalion’s devotion to that woman figure, magically transforms the sculpture into a living being naming her ‘Galatea’. In this play, the role of Pygmalion is played by Higgins (someone who is the creator, the God, the father) and that of Galatea by the flower girl- Eliza (who is child, the weak and the one being corrected.) (The play was first presented to the public in the year 1912. This play consists of a lot many themes. To cite a few: Rewriting the tale of Cinderella and Sleeping beauty, Class, language and phonetics and Independence. But in this paper, I would like to work on the feminist aspect of this play for this aspect, is the one which impressed me more. As this paper is based on Gender analysis I am restricting my analysis to the theme of Feminism in this play. To begin with, George Bernard Shaw was an early and outspoken advocate for the rights of women, and as a playwright he created some of the most distinctive women characters of his day. He was deeply
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“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal. Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice. The best protection any woman can have... is courage.” - Elizabeth Cady Stanton Introduction The Women’s Rights Movement began in 1848, and lasted for about seventy years.
Transportation was limited, and styles were very conservative and sophisticated. With the turn of the century, people were waiting for the next “big thing” to revolutionize the world. Feminism was new, radical, and becoming prevalent. The characters in the play would have been very aware of feminism, especially the women, seeing that they appear well educated. Also at this time, art was switching its focus from impressionism to emotion, which lent the art to portraying more emotion and surrealism.
The relationships between gender and power in A Doll’s House and Lysistrata ‘One is not born, but, rather becomes a woman’. Lysistrata and A Doll’s House both present the disadvantaged position of women in their respective societies. The two plays present the relationship between gender and power and follow two women who go to extremes to become liberated from the restraints of their oppressive and dominating patriarchal society. Therefore, it is clear that both Nora and Lysistrata demonstrate the potential for women 's power and resistance in situations of male dominance in a hegemonic patriarchy. In order to prove this, it is important to look at the relationship between man and power, woman and power and the ways in which Nora and Lysistrata embody this power in the two plays.
Feminist theatre was a voice raised against this perspective. It was the construction of a counter cultural politics where women pushed themselves towards the subject position. Feminist theatre argues in favour of the potential of theatre to revise representations of gender differences on the
The short stories, “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D. H. Lawrence and “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck both share a common theme in terms of family relationships with the play “Beauty and the Beast” (1964 film) by Jean Cocteau. The theme of gender is an apparent feature in the family relationships of the characters in all these stories. In John Steinbeck’s story of “The Chrysanthemums”, the theme of gender role stands out as a major theme. In her marriage, the character Elisa is trapped in the roles of housekeeper, gardener and wife.
Pygmalion, sickened by the free and dishonorable existences of the ladies of his period, chooses to live alone and unmarried. With wondrous craftsmanship, he makes a wonderful statue more flawless than any living lady. The more he looks at her, all the more profoundly he goes gaga for her, which is until he wishes that she were more than a statue. This statue is Galatea. Lovesick, Pygmalion goes to the sanctuary of the goddess Venus and implores that she give him a sweetheart like his statue; Venus is touched by his adoration and breathes life into Galatea.
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare is a marvel of english literature. It’s comedic, well written, and entertaining however, it has sexist and offensive components and does not represent the morals of modern day society. Despite this The Taming of the Shrew deserves and is worthy of being performed and studied. This essay will be covering the benefits of being exposed to sexism as a past human mistake, the fact Taming of the Shrew is still a fantastic comedy even without the sexism, and as well as the benefits of exposure to Shakespeare.
I believe the theme in this play is whether it is a man or a woman that they need to find out what type of person he or she is and they should strive to become it. In the play it seems to show the social injustice upon women, which was inherent in the culture and attitude of the men in the nineteenth century. What stood out to me most in this play is that they thought the husband had all of the potential in the relationship while the wife just took care of the home. In this time century
The star actress, Gloria Onitiri, represented a woman battling prejudice fantastically; showing the frustration and judgement she faced by standing for what she believed in. Watching this play during International Women’s Month (March) makes me appreciate this production even more. The play tackles the topic of sexism head on and does not hold back in showing the ugly truth.
The psychological impacts of a patriarchal society are seen throughout the production. Paulina is not only the victim of a crime, but also the victim of a society that has acted in a misogynistic way toward her. An interesting idea that Dorfman explores is whether this victimisation has served Paulina a significant disadvantage. Gender inequality seems prevalent throughout the play, particularly demonstrated through the relationship between Gerardo and Paulina. When Gerardo returns home in the first act, Paulina questions him regarding the truth commission leading to the revelation Gerardo has accepted a job that deals directly with the assault she faced without asking her beforehand.
In the story Helen, an indigent and low class woman falls in love with the story’s antagonist Count Roussillon, a rich and powerful French aristocrat, who turns out to be a real piece of work. The main concept of the play is to portray the way women’s roles and gender roles in general were, and how they were challenged in the 1600’s. The production had many stand out themes that help show case Shakespeare’s concept of gender roles. He used themes such as marriage, values, sex, society, and Marxism to highlight the concept of female roles and how he did not always agree with them.
1. Introduction: The work is a faithful reflection of the period. Women should stay at home waiting, and obey their husbands or men in the house. However, in the play only female characters are present physically and male characters are just mentioned by the women so.
This paper seeks to offer an intrinsic analysis of the play, illustrating a society that promotes sexism, sexist exploitation and depression. The paper will use the feminist literary theory adopting key concepts: patriarchy, heteronormativity and queer theory in highlighting these instances. The writer used the text, “In the chest of a woman”, as a social commentary to highlight barriers women face in their effort to achieve their desires. As an illustration of the stated theme, Nana Yaa Kyeretwie desired to possess power, however, she being a woman placed her on a disadvantaged side as her younger brother was bestowed with the Ebusa Kingdom.
Objective of the study This research seeks to demonstrate women’s oppression in the two plays from men in different ways. The aim of this study is to answer the following questions. In “Women without Masks نساء بلا أقنعة” play: 1-How hypocrite husband can be to control his wife’s life?