Compare And Contrast: Beauty And Beast

1702 words - 7 pages

Most modern fairytales are expected to have happy endings and be appropriate for children, nonetheless, in past centuries most were gruesome. Consequently, fairytales have been modified throughout time. The stories “Beauty and the Beast” by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont and “The Summer and Winter Garden” by Jacob and Wilherm Grimm share similarities and differences. The two stories are distinct because of the peculiar year they have been written in. LePrince de Beaumont’s story is written in London of 1783 and Grimm’s in Germany of 1812. At the time, wealthy people in London, were educated and had nannies who would read to their children; whereas, in Germany, the Grimm brothers created their own interpretation into a short story. Because many high class parents in 18th century London would not be able to spend time with their children, nannies would read “Beauty and the Beast” to them since they were intended for children and considered appropriate. In “The Summer and Winter Garden,” the Grimm’s’ story was mostly based to entertain misbehaved children and teach them the valuable lesson that everyone should be treated with kindness. The Grimm brothers’ goal in rewriting this short story is to better children’s behavior which worked quite well. Since these stories have been re-written for children, it would be safe to say the reason why parents expose the two stories to their children is because they both portray the same moral: good things happen to good people. The two interpretations of “Beauty and the Beast,” although written in separate countries, share important similarities and differences even though the authors have different interpretations and came from different cultures.
Following this further, Le Prince De Beaumont writes, “…finding his heart beat still she fetched some water from the canal and poured it on his head. Beast opened his eyes” (Le Prince de Beaumont 8).Although in this quote water brings the Beast back to life, in reality there is no possibility of such thing. The magic in the fairytale is proven by this impossible cause. Furthermore, in “The Summer and Winter Garden,” seeing Beast lying on the pile of rotten cabbage heads, the beautiful daughter’s first thought was to bring him back to life somehow: “He was lying beneath them and was dead. She quickly fetched some water and poured it over him without stopping. Then he jumped up…” (Grimm 3). Again, only in fairytales can reviving anyone be possible. The water is interpreted as magic because in reality, once death is reached, the chances that you will wake back into life are very minimal. In both stories the Beast’s only way to come back to life is by having water poured on him. It is only affective to survive by drinking water,. The only way water could wake someone up when poured on them is by them being alive.
Both Beasts are willing to do and give anything for beauty and the girl to keep them happy. Although Beast kept beauty hostage, he is gentleman enough to...

Find Another Essay On Compare and Contrast: Beauty and Beast

Beauty and the Beauty in the Beast

952 words - 4 pages Once upon a time...The classic opener for any fairy tale, which is no different in the case of Beauty and the Beast. Fairy tales were meant to teach our children life lessons that society, at the time, deems important to learn. They teach us the difference between right and wrong, black and white, good and bad, light and dark, and beauty and ugly. There are many different variations and names to Beauty and the Beast. This famous fable has been

Gender Roles in Beauty and The Beast

610 words - 2 pages Gender roles in "Beauty and the Beast" Gender roles have been ingrained in our society all throughout history. In Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont's short story Beauty and the Beast, the author presents each character as a reflection of their own genders. Dominance and submission are two specific gender identities that have been assigned to men and women respectively. Beaumont tackles the difference between men and women's roles in

A Discussion On "Beauty And The Beast"

779 words - 4 pages the characters in the story do.Encarta states that the moral of “Beauty and the Beast” is that an individual’s appearance is deceiving. 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

The Trouble with Beauty and the Beast

683 words - 3 pages Beauty and the Beast centers on Belle who is desired by handsome but egocentric Gaston. Belle’s father, disappears on a journey to a local fair and becomes captive of the Beast. Belle bravely offers herself as an alternative hostage and Beast accepts. As his prisoner, Belle befriends Beast’s household of Enchanted Objects, all talking, walking furniture and kitchen utensils. Belle learns about how the Beast and his staff are all the victims of a

Animation of 'Beauty and the Beast'

1128 words - 5 pages BEAUTY AND THE BEASTThe fairy tale beauty and the beast is based on the book .it was a tale told by Disney in the mid 1980s and the film was made in 1991 it was directed by (Gary Trousdale Wise), produced by (Don Hahn) ,written by (Linda Woolverton ), Narrated by (David Ogden stiers ,starring Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson Richard White, Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury , David Ogden Stiers),Music by (Alan Menken ,Howard Ashman), Distributed by Walt

Beauty and the Beast: The Untold Meaning

1119 words - 5 pages The tale “Beauty and the Beast” by Madame Leprince de Beaumont provides the ability for various audiences to read the tale and have different interpretations of what it could mean. When children read the tale they may just see it as a girl’s unconditional love for her father and her having to live with a beast which magically becomes a prince. A more profound way of looking at the tale would be to look at it with a Freudian perspective

Compare and Contrast

1017 words - 5 pages recognize and follow along during the performance of the play. Adding things that were familiar to them was supportive. MSND connects to Ovid, not only by the fickle nature of love, but by the element of transformation. It is shown mostly in the dream realm. When Daphne is being chased in the forest, she wishes to liberate herself of her beauty. Her wished is granted, “O father…work some transformation, and destroy this beauty from which makes

Compare and Contrast Essay

823 words - 4 pages very different. Their appearances, personalities and how they are involved with Louis can both be compared and contrasted. Appearance can always be used to compare and contrast two characters in a movie. Penelope is a brunette with medium length hair. She also wears makeup that makes her look sophisticated and important. The makeup she wears does not make her look anything less than a rich woman. Her clothes are also of the rich fashion. She

Compare and Contrast Essay

964 words - 4 pages Compare and Contrast Essay The setting of a story is the time and place in which the story takes place. The author may include a specific date or time period, or leave it up to the reader to determine a time period by suggesting certain events. The author may choose to give specific examples and clues as to where the story takes place or may suggest certain things to clue the reader to where the story is taking place. The theme of a

compare and contrast

650 words - 3 pages the manliness of swan using the words "great wings," "dark webs," "the white rush," "indifferent beak" and "feathery glory." the god Zeus was stated as beast. Yeats has represented the whole sexual moment in obscure words. The power of Zeus (swan) over Leda is structured in such a way that it seems an scandalous rape. "how can those terrified vague fingers push"states that as a women how could Leda stop the Zeus (swan)? Leda was caressed by the

compare and contrast paper

2182 words - 9 pages Compare and Contrast PaperIsabella PignatelloWhen considering the qualities that contribute to positive relationships, you could come up with many virtues that would fit the bill. Care, honor, love trust, honesty, and selflessness are all important components of finding a balance, where it is possible, to live in peaceful coexistence with one another. However, respect is the most underappreciated virtue. Respect sits back patiently and waits to

Similar Essays

Compare And Contrast American Beauty And Siddhartha

922 words - 4 pages In American Beauty, there are a lot of similarities to Herman Hesse's Siddhartha. Lester, the main character, is on a trip to find and improve himself and at the same time, to escape from his reality. Siddhartha was trying to reach the ultimate goal of Buddhism, Atman or the pure self. Lester starts out in the movie as a total loser whose marriage is a loss, according to his daughter, "sprays his shorts" whenever she brings a girl friend

Beauty And The Beast Essay

994 words - 4 pages From Cupid & Psyche to Cocteau’s film and finally to Disney’s portrayal of this classic theme, not much has changed in the idea of Beauty and the Beast. All versions of this story have stressed the importance of being good and have even dwelled on the importance of looking behind appearance to see a person’s true nature. In order to convey his ideas and themes, Cocteau uses the beast as a lurking figure whose lack of appearance on the

Beauty And The Beast Essay

1354 words - 5 pages Beauty and the Beastis a beloved fairytale, one that parents read to their children before bed. This story was adapted into a movie by Disney. It would be easy to get lost in the musical numbers, the dazzling artwork, and the superficial story that we are all familiar. Thereare multiple layers to this movie and perhaps after examining it through a social psychology lens the overall meaning of the movie will be different. The main characters

Beauty And The Beast Essay

1038 words - 5 pages Sarah Parrish says, “Plastic surgery can't make you younger or more beautiful, because beauty is in your eyes, isn't it? It's in your soul; you can't strap it on.” Who ever said Barbie was perfect as ice cream on a hot, summer’s day? In today’s society, adolescents are profoundly influenced by the media; this includes celebrities, social networking, blogs, and more. However, beauty has always been heavily valued. In literature, being attractive