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This guide will help students explore themes and locate literary criticism on the play Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw.


"Pygmalion and Galatea," Ernest Normand (1886)

"Pygmalion and Galatea," by Ernest Normand (1886)

About this LibGuide

This LibGuide aims to guide English 102 students who are writing and researching George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion and the film adaptation, My Fair Lady.

Whether you need information about George Bernard Shaw or an overview of the play or literary criticsm, this guide will help.

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Pymalion themes (not in any order)

Here are a few themes you could explore when you begin writing about Pygmalion. You might include these as keywords when searching for literary criticism (see Literary Criticism tab for more information).

  • role of women in society
  • speech and social status
  • nature vs nurture
  • appearances and reality

  • social equity and inequity
  • social identity
  • change and transformation
  • human improvement