“Pygmalion” by G.B. Shaw takes its name from the ancient Greek tale of the sculptor Pygmalion. The sculptor created a statue of a woman, but then he fell in love with what he created. Pygmalion begged the goddess Aphrodite to give life to his sculpture…to transform it into a real woman. She did.
Here are the overall Big Ideas to keep in mind as we read the play:
- The importance of SOCIAL CLASS and HIERARCHY in British society
- What language tells about a person
- How the play serves as the playwright’s commentary about his world.
Writing and discussion topic: To what extent can a person be judged by the way they speak? This is an opinion paper. It is a minimum of 600 words and you must include a word count. In your writing, you must of course reference “Pygmalion”. You also must express your own thoughts on the matter, using personal experiences,the experiences of others, and all observations that help in supporting your position.
We will begin brainstorming this topic on after Act II and III performances. On Friday, 2/20. We will have time to write in class so that you can minimize homework/out of class burdens. Bear in mind that the computer lab is busy during our class time, so expect to use your laptop (if you have one) or write out your rough version on paper. It will be shared (yes, you will share your piece with the rest of the class). The HIS writing rubric applies.
Tuesday 2/24 – write a complete version of your response in class. This is pure class time to work on your writing. Thursday 2/26 – it will be due, and you can share your writing with others. Then we will move on to the final acts of the play.
Moving on to Act IV and Act V.
Class time 2/26 = read as much of IV as possible.
Here are the topics to conquer in a short response to be completed for Monday, 3/2. “Consider the characters of Liza Doolittle and Professor Higgins. As the audience, what more do we know about their characters at the end of Act IV than we knew at the start? Have either of them actually changed, or have they just revealed more of their true selves?” Please have this for monday so that we may discuss and share before moving to the final act. 500 words min. Please respond in the “reply” section of this post. Note that you may not save drafts in your reply. So write your full version, then paste it in.