Beauty And The Beast By Beaumont's Beauty And The Beast

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Growing up typically the only version of fairy tales recognized by most children is the “Disney Version”. Although popular, the Disney stories are not the only ones to exist; surprisingly many other authors retold their own versions of well known fairy tales. No matter who wrote the tale or which tale is being told, there usually exists a pattern of similar themes throughout each story. The tale of Beauty and the Beast by Beaumont, exhibits many of the common themes found in literature, such as having a male dominant character, an innocent maiden and magical elements present throughout the story. These common elements can be found in almost every story from the Grimm Brother’s version to Walt Disney’s version. These common themes help to distinguish …show more content…
That is, the father figure comes to represent the power of protection” (Zipes 35). In Beauty and the Beast, the Beast along with Beauty’s father both elicit their power over the young girl. Beauty acts as servant like when living under her father’s roof; she complies to her siblings and father’s every want or need. Beauty regards her father as the ultimate master since her mother passed away. Since Beauty grew up as a servant she is easily able to transition to living with the Beast in the castle (Zipes 37). In the eighteenth century, when Beauty and the Beast was written gender roles existed thus, the stories adhere to standards of life. The women can be seen as the less dominant figure, the one who tends to the home and the needs of their “master”. During the time period the stereotypes made “The result is that boys are identified and identify themselves as subjects and girls as objects, especially in the central psychoanalytic model of development” (Zipes 35). The idea that men viewed themselves as the more dominant and controlling figure, is seen in fairy tales. The men in most fairy tales want any beautiful woman that is willing to come …show more content…
In Beauty and the Beast when Beauty wants to visit her father, Beast is able to give her a magical ring so she can travel back to him once she is done. He also magically transports gorgeous gowns to her father’s home in a chest. Another popular magical element found in fairy tales is the idea of a fairy godmother helping the damsel in distress and saving the day. Beauty in the tale meets her fairy godmother like creature who is “The dream fairy appears only twice, once on the night before Beauty and her father journey to the palace to reassure Beauty that she is doing the right thing and again at the end of the story to explain the morals and turn Beauty 's two sisters into stone statues at the palace gate” (Altmann, 6). The dream fairy helps Beauty marry the Beast and live happily in peace with out her evil sisters around. Fairy godmothers are protectors and their sole purpose in fairy tales is to use their powers and magic to help the innocent maiden find her one true love. Magical elements can come in various shapes and forms yet they share a common goal of helping the lost maiden find her way to true love and her happily ever

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