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The story of Pygmalion has been adapted into various forms of medium including poetry literature paintings and audio recordings The earliest literary version originates from Ovids Metamorphoses whos character Pygmalion creates a perfect female out of ivory stone He becomes obsessed with the statue and pleads to the gods to find a woman with the likeness of the statue Venus answers his prayers turning the statue into a living woman Galatea whom Pygmalion then married George Bernard Shaw creates a modern play based on Ovids interpretation of the Pygmalion myth There are many differences between the Pygmalion myth and the play as one is an ancient story and the other is modern The myth is clearly an ancient story as the story is focused around mythological references and romantic notions and the play is more modern as the story is political and features trivial references that are surrounded in everyday life The myth of Ovids Pygmalion can be considered a romantic story The love between the creator and his statue is heavily emphasized and the story ends with the couple marrying There are references to the mythological Greek goddess of love Venus The myth is written in stanzas resembling that of poetry that only contributes to the idea that it is written in a romantic genre The following passage from Ovids Pygmalion is a perfect example He kissed the girl until she woke beneath him Her eyes were shy she flushed yet her first look Saw at one glance his face and Heaven above it Venus came down to be their guest at wedding and blessed them both The play produced by Shaw however is not romantic in any notion whatsoever and is in fact surrounded by ambiguity as it is concluded The plot revolves around a wager Professor Higgins proposes to his friend Colonel Pickering in which he can take a commoner and transform her into royalty Eliza Doolittle is the pawn in the
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