Pygmalion Questions and Answers
by George Bernard Shaw

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Why is the play called Pygmalion?        

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The original Pygmalion was a hater of women, believing them to be too inherently and naturally flawed, so he vowed that he would never marry. He worked on a statue of a woman, however, and he fell in love with her because she seemed so perfect. He became miserable that he could not have her because she was lifeless. Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, saw this and took pity on him, bringing the statue to life. Pygmalion then named the statue-turned-woman Galatea. Pygmalion was incredibly proud, finding all women to be hopelessly flawed, too flawed to tempt him, and only he...

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