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Pygmalion Additional Material Title: The Silver Metal Lover Date: April 1982 Author: Tanith Lee Source: Novel Type of Text: Science fiction Summary: The story is set in the future when robots are developed. These robots are not only used for labour purposes, but also used for entertainment. A special series of robots are designed to entertain people. They are the Golders, who are the dancers, the Coppers, who are the actors and the Silvers who are the musicians. When Jane first saw one of the Silvers, she was enamored with the robot's perfection. She sold all her belongings in order to own him. To Jane, he is no longer a robot but a real human and a wonderful lover. Jane and her silver metal lover spent several wonderful months together, until the threats neared. The company that developed these robots - Electronic Metals Ltd. acknowledged that the perfection of these robots were a threat to human nature. Therefore they must destroy them. ...read more.


However, both texts valued love and romance above all things. While other values such as family relationships are less important. Language appearance is also an important idea in the novel. Silver's appearance, is far above all man. For example as Jane's friend Egyptia said: "Beauty, acrobatics, tenderness, humor, prowess. It's ruined me for a man for weeks." Jane fell in love with him because of his beauty and perfection. Therefore, appearance plays a key role in the novel as well as the Pygmalion Myth. Techniques The story is told in first person. This helps the reader to gain a better understanding of the inner feeling of the persona. This is very effective in terms of a love story. From the use of first person, Jane's love for Silver can be clearly seen. This is also suitable for a robot story as it implicitly suggests that robot cannot think for themselves and thus lack emotions. This also creates suspense as everything is told from the persona's point of view and she does not know what to expect. ...read more.


In the novel, it is Jane's love that influenced Silver to develop a soul and emotions. However, a range of differences exist between the texts. The relationship between man and woman portrayed in the play Pygmalion is not shown in the novel The Silver Metal Lover. While males always seem to be dominant in the play, "Galatea" in the novel is portrayed as a male who possesses much inferiority as he is designed to please people. However, the novel also tries to create an equal status as Jane still respects him. The settings of both texts accommodates this difference in relationship quite well, as the play is set in the past when males are dominant while the novel in set in the future with the assumption that everyone is equal. Also in the play, romance is not valued as much as the novel. Shaw did not intend to create this love relationship between Higgins and Eliza, while in the novel love between Jane and Siler is the main focus and the motif that leads the story on. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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