A Feminist Perspective to Pygmalion

Li-hua CHEN


Pygmalion is the representative play by the famous British playwright Bernard Shaw. Up to now, there have been many academic discussions on it from different perspectives. This paper intends to analyze the play from the feminist perspective. From this perspective, we can clearly find that the play is no doubt the creation of woman, either the creation of a duchess from a flower girl, or the creation of a woman from a duchess, in which man is God, the father, and the creator, whereas woman is in the position of a child, a pupil, being corrected , educated and remade by man. The woman character in it is seen only as an object for experiment. Through detailed analysis, the paper exposes how woman figure being pre-patterned, and the position of woman in society being forced to the lowest.
Key words: Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, Feminist Perspective
Résumé: Pygmalion est la pièce réprésentative du célèbre dramaturge anglais Bernard Shaw. Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, il y a eu beaucoup de discussions académiques sur cette pièce dans de différentes perspectives. Cet essai tente de l’analyser dans la perspective féministe. Ainsi, nous trouvons clairement que cette pièce est sans doute la création de la femme, création d’une duchesse à partir d’une fille, ou création d’une femme à partir d’une dechesse, au cours de laquelle l’homme-le père et le créateur- est Dieu, mais la femme est dans la position d’un enfant, un élève qui est corrigée et éduquée par l’homme. La femme est considérée seulement comme un objet d’expérimentation. A la suite de l’analyse en détail, l’essai expose comment la figure de femme est prémodelée et la position sociale de la femme est réduite au plus bas niveau.
Mots-Clés: George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, perspective féministe

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.css.1923669720060202.008


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