What is the correct defination of pygmalion?What is the definition of "pygmalion?"

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thewritingteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Pygmalion" is not a thing to be defined, but rather the name of a character from ancient mythology. According to Ovid's Metamorphoses, Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved the image of a woman so beautiful that he fell in love with her and pleaded with Venus to turn the statue into a real woman. Venus was touched by his plea and granted his wish.

George Bernard Shaw later used Pygmalion as the title of his book about the transformation of a young Cockney flowergirl into a highbrow woman of British society through the efforts of a linguist by the name of Henry Higgins. The play was later popularized as the musical and movie, My Fair Lady.

thompsos | Student

freedictionary.org defines "pygmalion" as: "(Greek mythology) a king who created a statue of a woman and fell in love with it; Aphrodite brought the sculpture to life as Galatea"  The term often refers to someone who "creates" another (as in Henry Higgins did to Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY) and then falls in love with him or her.