The Pygmalion Myth Essay
Pygmalion, repulsed by the apparently loose and reprehensible lives of the women of his era, decides to live unaccompanied and unmarried. Using his exceptional skills as an artisan and sculptor, he fashions a statue made from ivory. His work is regarded as being more beautiful than any living woman.
The more Pygmalion looks at her, the more deeply he falls in love with her. Eventually, Pygmalion begins to wish that his beloved statue, were more than just an immobile figure. Pygmalion then goes to the temple of the goddess Venus …show more content…
She is taught all the artistic and social skills a geisha must master in order to survive in her society. As a renowned geisha she enters a society of wealth, privilege, and political intrigue. As World War II impends on Japan, the geisha's world is forever changed by the onslaught of history.
The Pygmalion element, although with some variations, is quite evident in Memoirs of a Geisha. The character of Mameha can be likened to Professor Higgins of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. She transforms Chiyo, under her tutelage, from a lost cause facing a life of drudgery into one of Japan's most celebrated geishas. In summary, the combination of these elements in the stories reinforces the notion that even in today's modern society we are still obsessed with the Pygmalion