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with a child. Pygmalion and Galatea named the child Paphos, for which the city is known until this day. (Ovid: 1998, X) In this Greek myth, Pygmalion creates an ideal woman, made out of ivory. Although he never expects her to become real he still treats her like his wife and takes great care of her. Eventually his wish is granted and she is brought to life. The ideal woman, in his eyes, is now his wife. Pygmalion creates and forms this woman, showing that if man wants something bad enough and loves it as much as he loves his statue, he can make it happen. It is a metamorphose from stone into a human being, from a lower level to an upper level. This legend has many parallels with Shaw’s play. Professor Higgins is an expert in his field, just as the sculptor Pygmalion was in his. Higgins also holds the same view of women demonstrating this when he says, “I find that the moment I let a woman make friends with me, she becomes jealous, exacting, suspicious, and a nuisance”. (Act II, 35) The final analogy is that both men turn uncarved stone into something beautiful using their talents. Unfortunately, Shaw does not allow the happy ending of the legend to occur in his play as sentimental people would hope. Rather after Higgins has molded her into his special creation, she develops her own defiant self that is totally independent from her creator. This illustrates Shaw’s dislike of overdone romantic plays with unrealistic endings. * Aphrodite ( in Latin : Venus ) is the classical Greek goddess of love, sex, and beauty .
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