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Pygmalion: Pygmalion

A guide to support the Pygmalion unit in Year 10 English.


Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological figure. It was first presented on stage to the public in 1913. [source]


"My Fair Lady" is the film adaptation of "Pygmalion".

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The Pygmalion effect, or Rosenthal effect, is the phenomenon whereby higher expectations lead to an increase in performance. The effect is named after the Greek myth of Pygmalion, a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had carved, or alternately, after the Rosenthal–Jacobson study. [source]