Dramatic Irony In Beauty And The Beast

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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 …show more content…
The authors use irony as a plot device for making situations that show a conflict or resolution that is easily followed by the audience; Jeanne uses dramatic irony well in this piece (Webster). She compares the three sisters. On page one, it is said that “everybody admired her, and called her The Little Beauty; so that as she grew up, she till went by the name of Beauty, which made her sisters jealous.” From a young age, the two eldest sisters did not care for their sister. Further, in the story, through more jealousy and conflict, the sisters relinquished Beauty. Jeanne writes about how pleased the sisters were at the fact that Beauty would be trapped in a castle with the hideous Beast. But, what the sisters come to realize, is that Beauty finds love and happiness. The dramatic irony is, that the sisters sent Beauty away to be miserable with the Beast, but in the end the sisters were miserable with their self-centered husbands. The sisters sent Beauty away, but she finds love as well as …show more content…
Jeanne uses ethos to build up the character’s personal appeal. Her use of ethos does not connect with the theme of love or create credibility, but it sets the tone for the characters; she sets the tone for the characters on the first page. She mentions how different the two eldest sisters are from Beauty. In Beauty and the Beast, the sisters are described as jealous and mean towards Beauty. Jeanne uses ethos to create that un-likeable aspect to the sisters by giving the readers evidence. Jeanne’s evidence of how the two sisters are mean spirited, is spread throughout the book. On page six of Beauty and the Beast, the author talks about how Beauty volunteers replace her father in the Beast’s castle. Once Beauty volunteers, the sisters “were delighted at it, for her virtue and amiable qualities made them envious and jealous” (Jeanne 6). Jeanne uses evidence like this to reveal the sister’s evil qualities, which cause them to seem unappealing to the audience. Overall, Jeanne’s use of ethos is not exactly what it is intended to mean. Jeanne does not use ethos to emphasize the theme of love, more to build the tone of the

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