The Elements Of Gothic And Romanticism In Beauty And The Beast

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The movie plays with these different elements of gothic and romanticism to project the feelings of the protagonists from the inside to the outside. To underline it, the music in Beauty and a Beast goes parallel with the setting. At first, the contrast between Belle’s vil-lage and the castle is significant. The village is full with happy people who sing and dance (3:30 - 8:28) while the castle is presented with dark tones and music (13:30 – 15:00). It has the function to thrill the audience and to strength the atmosphere, which is already created by the setting. It dramatizes Belle’s situation (26:30). After Belle and the Beast get closer to each other, the music gets more cheerful again. They also start to sing (54:43 – 1:00:00). The musical …show more content…
“The heroine is often characterized by self-division experiencing loneliness and a metaphoric split created by being ‘in conflict with the values of her society and her prescribed role’ […]” (Swan 353). As Belle is not like the other – very naive and foolish – women of her village, she sometimes feels alienated (5:20 – 10:15). She is very beautiful on the outside, but also intelligent and a book lover with love for adventures on the inside. Features like this are not usual for the ide-al of a women in this time. That is why the other people think she is odd (6:22). Gaston tells her: “The whole town’s talking about it. It’s not right for a women to read. So she starts get-ting ideas and thinking.”(8:50 – 9:10). Having those characteristics as a foundation, the women often raise as the hero in gothic fiction, like it is happening in Beauty and the Beast, as well. She is the only one who has the ability to look behind the mask of the beastly crea-ture and to detect the beauty behind the monster. The Beast, however, is the only one who accepts her completely in the way she is, which is also the reason why she fell in love with him (Swan 355). Supernatural appearances, which are a common criteria for gothic movies, like “Lumiere, the candelabra; Cogsworth, the clock; and Mrs. Potts, the teapot […] provide Belle with encouragement to find her own way” (Swan 355). They also help Belle and the Beast by bringing …show more content…
Things like setting, music and different characters are presented in a gothic way which is not typical for a Disney movie, where one expect something nice and friendly and no dark castles with many scary attributes. But Disney uses this wonder for creating a story whose ending is not expectable in the first minute due to different roles and stories. Playing with stereotypes and different im-ages, the movie interferes the message to never judge a book by its

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