A Discussion On "Beauty And The Beast"

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A Brief Discussion on Beauty and the BeastThe Oxford English Dictionary defines a fairy tale as “an unreal or incredible story” that includes fairies with magical powers. Such a definition is inadequate because fairy tales contain morals and are allegories in addition to its fantastical elements. Encarta states that “Beauty and the Beast” is a traditional fairy tale first published by Gabrielle-Suzzane Barbot de Villeneuve and signifies a women’s search for a lost husband. Many versions of this fairy tale have been adapted into films, plays, novels, and television but the version that we know best of was written by Jeanne Beaumount and the most well known film ...view middle of the document...

The Beast is extremely ugly, hence its name, and appears to be unintelligent but has a gentle heart while Beauty on the other hand is beautiful, extremely kind and has good virtues. In contrast, the merchant’s status and wealth made Beauty’s sisters arrogant and greedy who suffer a terrible fate for these characteristics. For preferring “merit to either beauty or wit”, Beauty is rewarded by a fairy to become a queen with the Beast, who has turned into a handsome prince. On the other hand, Beauty’s sisters are to remain as stone statues for their “pride, ill-temper, greed, and laziness. The fairy tale suggests that those who have Beauty’s virtues will be well rewarded in life and those who are arrogant like Beauty’s sisters are punished. This lesson reveals to the young children who read “Beauty and the Beast” how to behave, the benefit if one follows Beauty’s example, and the detriment of being greedy and lazy like her sisters.In Zipes’ view, the fairy tale “Beauty and the...

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