by Ovid, translated by Anthony S. Kline
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Echo and Narcissus
- Ovid, translated by Brookes More
- 1 A.D.
Ovid writes of a sadder version of love in his tale “Echo and Narcissus” which describes two cases of unrequited love. Echo, a mountain nymph , falls in love with a beautiful young man, but he has eyes only for himself. For both characters, Ovid shows how love can persist, even in unrealistic circumstances.Pair "Echo and Narcissus" with “Pygmalion” to allow students to compare texts by the same author, and to further discuss how the classic perception of love might have changed over time.
The Lion in Love
- 620-560 B.C.
“The Lion in Love” is a short fable which describes the love a lion has for a human woman. He makes certain decisions as a result of his feelings that he normally might not have.Pair "Lion in Love" with Ovid’s “Pygmalion” to discuss the similarities and differences of these portrayals of loe. Ask students to consider how love develops, especially in cases where it is unlikely or unexpected.
The Story of Prometheus and Pandora's Box
- James Baldwin
A retelling of the classic tales of Prometheus and Pandora’s Box, which explores the themes of power and tyranny, disobedience, the cost of progress, and the human condition.Pair these two Greek Myths. First, ask students to compare the tone and register of language used in both. Why might each author have chosen a different tone and what is the effect of each? Next, students can also compare the creation of Pandora and the “birth” of Pygmalion’s woman. Do students think either Pandora or Pygmalion’s statue could be considered human? Why or why not?
How I Found True Love in an Arranged Marriage
- Surabhi Surendra
In this poignant essay, Surabhi Surendra tells the story of how she fell in love with her husband through an arranged marriage.Pair these two texts about finding true love. How does the story of Pygmalion, where the sculptor’s love brings his beautiful ivory girl to life, compare to the story of a woman learning to love by getting to know her husband without ever seeing him?
The Golden Ratio
- Pamela Huber
In the informational text “The Golden Ratio,” Pamela Huber explains what the golden ratio is, the math behind it, and how it appears in nature and human designs.Pair “Pygmalion” with “The Golden Ratio” and ask students to discuss how each text explores the idea of beauty. Could Pygmalion have created a sculpture that depicts the golden ratio? Was Pygmalion truly in love or was he blinded by beauty? Why?