Beauty And The Beast Analysis

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Literary Analysis

Life is full of surprises, many of which shape our lives. Beauty and the Beast by Andrew Lang was technically told orally far before stories were written down, but tells the story of a family who runs into a terrible misfortune and loses everything it owns. After moving away, however, the members of the family think their luck has changed. Unfortunately, more misfortune befalls them when the father of the family comes across a horrible Beast and is given an ultimatum; he is to either bring back one of his daughters to live with the Beast forever or be punished with death. After his daughter, Beauty, volunteers to go live with the Beast, who is actually quite kind, to save his life she begins to miss her family. Her time
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In the story, the Beast is portrayed as an awful, horrible creature (i.e a beast), but he proves that he is so much more than that by the compassion he shows to Beauty’s father, the gifts he sends for the family, the love he shows to Beauty, and, in the end, that he is not a beast at all; he is a prince. “Turning to ask the Beast what it could all mean, Beauty found that he had disappeared, and in his place stood her long-loved Prince” (Lang). On the outside Beast appears to be just that, a beast, but his character is complex and proves that although human nature is to judge by one’s outward appearance, looks can be deceiving. Beast in this quote transforms into his original form revealing just how deceiving his appearance is. Beast has to be a beast to teach this lesson and to show how appearances do not tell the whole story, so to speak. The theme, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” is especially evident through the Beast because he shows that he is not a beast, although that is the way he is…show more content…
Likewise, someone can be unattractive in appearance, but have a fantastic personality. Beauty and the Beast are both perfect examples of this theme because neither of them represent the stereotypes that are generally associated with their appearances. Beauty has inner beauty and outer beauty, while Beast lacks in outer beauty, but possesses much inner beauty. The Beast proves how compassionate and selfless he is, in the latter, when he risks his life to make Beauty happy. “The Beast, who had been sighing dolefully while she spoke, now replied: 'I cannot refuse you anything you ask, even though it should cost me my life '” (Lang). Beauty proves her inner beauty when she says, " 'But as I did the mischief it is only fit that I should suffer for it. I will therefore go back with my father to keep his promise '" (Lang). Beauty sacrifices herself in the previous quote because she offers herself up to the Beast to save her father. Beast and Beauty both ultimately show their inner beauty when they each risk their own lives in an attempt to make someone else happy. Their selflessness protrudes through during these moments because instead of caring for themselves, they allow the ones they truly love happiness. The theme, “true beauty shines from within,” is exemplified in this story because that is truly Beauty

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