Who Could Ever Love a Beast?
Victoria Moran, a famous author, once said, “As a society, we need to get lots more flexible about what constitutes beauty. It isn’t a particular hair color or a particular body type; it’s the person who grew the hair and lives in the body. Keeping this in mind can only make things better.” A big problem in our society today is the importance of beauty. Victoria Moran is talking about how it shouldn’t matter how you look but how you are inside. The book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley compares to the movie Beauty and the Beast in that both contain the theme of the importance of beauty in society. These two works show the effect one’s looks have on the way a person fits into society.
The movie Beauty and the Beast is a very good example of how beauty is very important in the eyes of society. In the beginning of the movie, an enchantress disguised as an old beggar woman comes to the prince’s castle. She asks to stay the night to get out of the storm and offers a single rose in return. The beast turns her away due to how ugly she is. The beggar woman turns into an enchantress and transforms the prince into a beast. According to the spell, “If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time.” The narrator continues, “As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?” This beginning scene of the movie shows the role beauty plays. A prince turns down an old woman because of her looks, but when he realizes that she is really beautiful, it is too late. Also, the last line says, “For who could ever learn to love a beast,” which also shows that people just generally do not fall in love with hideous creatures. Later, when the beast captures an old man, the man’s daughter comes searching for him. The girl takes the place of her father...
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