Beauty And The Beast : A French Folktale Essay

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Beauty and the Beast is a French folktale that has been translated by many to fit the culture in which it is being read. Beauty and the Beast is amongst the most popular told story in the western world. It has been rewritten over and over again mostly to adapt to the culture of the person whom is writing or speaking. In 1946, La Belle et la Bête was made into a French romantic/ fantasy film which included adaptations from the original fairytale. Then, in the 1990’s, Beauty and the Beast was transformed into a musical production by Disney studios. The production sparked an interested amongst many people all over the world. Which leads to the discussion, what are the similarities and differences of the original novel, the 1946 French film and the Disney feature film? The history of La Belle et la bête is quite different from the other French fairytales we’ve all heard of such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, etc. These stories generally demonstrated traditional folklore. Folklore is “the traditional beliefs customs and stories of a community, passed through generations by word of mouth” (Google, 2016). However, La Belle et la Bête slightly diverges from the traditional folklore story while still containing folklore elements, meaning that the original story was told on paper instead of told verbally. The origin of the fairy tale dates back to 1740 with author Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, whom was a French writer that was influenced by others in the French…

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