Morals in Beauty and the Beast!

Beauty and the Beast has the classic fairytale qualities; the evil stepsisters, a beast, and magic. Though it is full of clichés, there are valuable messages of learning not to judge and to have a good heart. “Beauty and the Beast,” by De Beaumont, is a traditional fairytale about love, however it focuses on internal beauty instead of physical beauty like that of a noble night or prince charming. Beauty De Beaumont’s purpose in writing the story was to teach children the good virtue of kindness, good behavior and that one should not judge until you truly gotten to know them.
Beauty is characterized as the youngest daughter “who was admired by everyone;” someone beautiful BOTH on the inside and outside. De Beaumont purposely contrasts Beauty with her two evil sisters by their behavior. While her sister’s spent time doing materialistic things, Beauty enjoyed reading and being kind to others. When their family had lost everything, no one wanted to marry the sisters, however Beauty still had many offers for her hand in marriage. Beauty sacrifices herself endlessly, while her sisters are selfish from beginning to end. De Beaumont shows that everyone admired Beauty for the way she acted, and the virtues she followed while her sisters are dislike.
Beauty sacrifices herself to live with the beast. She initially judges the Beast by his outer appearance, trembling “at the site of his horrible appearance.” However, she became accustomed to his ugliness, even waited to see the beast. “Each day Beauty discovered new good qualities in the monster” (De Beaumont 39). By the end of the story she realizes that she loved him for all the good qualities he possessed despite the fact that he was a beast. This turning point, accepting his hand in marriage, shows that Beauty accepted who the beast truly was inside AND out. Having “preferred virtues to looks” allowed her to be ultimately happy and rewarded. In the introduction to “Beauty and the Beast” there is a message to women who are in arranged marriages noting that one may not be initially attracted to their husband, but with time will learn to love their beautiful qualities. This is exactly what De Beaumont’s writing implies; beauty on the inside is very important. The author shows that Beauty was rewarded with a happy ending for being the kindest, best behaved and selfless shows the reader’s that these qualities everyone should portray. The fact the greedy, evil sisters were turned into stone to “witness her happiness” further emphasized this lesson.

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