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Beauty & The Beast: Fairy Tale: Moral & Analysis

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Instructor: Laura Foist

Laura has a Masters of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition and has taught college Science.

''Beauty and the Beast'' is a story about a woman who falls in love with a beast, thus transforming him. We'll learn in this lesson what the moral of this tale is and how the story presents this moral.

Overview

The story of Beauty and the Beast has become popular due to the rendition done (and re-done) by Disney. While the familiar Disney version does stick to the original much more than other Disney renditions of fairy tales, the original story still has many differences which drive home the moral. One important part of the original fairy tale is Beauty's sisters, who act as foils for Beauty. A foil is a character who is in stark contrast to another character in order to highlight specific traits.

Moral

The Beast is a beast in appearance and in many of his mannerisms, but on the inside, he is actually kind. Beauty describes him in different parts of the story as very good natured, humble, obliging, and kind.

Despite his outward appearance and mannerisms, Beauty ends up seeing his inner beauty and falls in love with him. When she realizes that she is in love with him, she comments how Beast has done so much to please her in everything. And, while he may be 'ugly' and have 'so little sense,' he is instead 'kind and good.'

She ends up returning to the Beast, only to find him dying. When she proclaims her love for him and finally says yes to the question he has asked daily, the Beast and the castle suddenly transform into a handsome prince and a gorgeous castle. The fairy then appears and explains to Beauty that this is 'the reward of your judicious choice; you have preferred virtue before either wit or beauty, and deserve to find a person in whom all these qualifications are united.'

While wit and beauty can be nice in love and a marriage, it wasn't Beauty's first choice in looking for a husband. Instead, she chose Beast for his kindness and goodness, despite his lack of wit and his ugly appearance. In the end, she got everything. We see that by valuing qualities such as kindness and goodness, we are rewarded.

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