Beauty And The Beast By Madame Gabrielle Suzanne De Villeneuve

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The renowned fairy tale, Beauty, and the Beast originated from the French story, La Belle et la Bete, written by Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve in 1740. In 1756, Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, a French novelist, shortened the fairy tale and revised it to be appropriate for children. Gabrielle-Suzanne’s original version of Beauty and the Beast was over 300 pages and included the history of the characters, several dream sequences, and complicated subplots, which Jeanne-Marie removed. Despite the revisions, Jeanne-Marie kept the story intact (Forgotten Books vii), emphasizing the theme of love through the use of ethos, pathos, and logos. Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve’s La Belle et la Bete and Jeanne-Marie’s Beauty and the Beast, follow the same basic plot. The story paints a sympathetic picture of a wealthy family who loses their fortune when their ships are lost at sea. The father moves the family to the country where they must work to survive. In an unsuccessful effort to recover some of their fortunes, the father travels to the port where one of his ships has been found. On his way home, he seeks shelter at a castle in the woods, where the host is generous but remains hidden. The father plucks a rose from the garden of his unknown host and is confronted by the Beast. The Beast exclaims, “You are ungrateful, I have saved your life by receiving you into my castle, and in return, you steal my roses, which I value beyond anything in the universe; but you…

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