Beauty And The Beast By Madame Gabrielle Suzanne De Villeneuve

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The renowned fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, originated from La Belle et la Bete; which was written by Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, in 1740. In 1756, Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, a French novelist, revised the fairy tale to shorten the length and be appropriate for children. In Madame’s original version of Beauty and the Beast, was drawn-out, being over 300 pages long. Jeanne made various changes to La Belle et la Bete; she took out the sexuality component and numerous subplots. Despite the revisions, Jeanne kept the story intact (Forgotten Books, vii). Her use of ethos, pathos, and logos emphasize the theme of love. Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve’s La Belle et la Bete and Jeanne’s Beauty and the Beast, follow the same plot, but Jeanne’s version did not include several dream sequences, sexuality, and subplots that La Belle et la Bete had. The story begins while the father, a once wealthy merchant, plucks a rose from the garden of his unknown host. In the garden, is where he 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 shall die for it” (Jeanne, 5). The Beast grants the father the option to bring a daughter, who is willing to take his place; his youngest daughter, Beauty, volunteers. Beauty remains in the castle and soon learns to distinguish kindness, virtue, and love the Beast…

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