Beauty and the Beast

Topics: Gender role, Gender, Woman Pages: 3 (947 words) Published: February 24, 2014
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast, released by Disney in 1991, displays many stereotypical gender roles. While some of these roles are looked down on and changed others are shown either in good or neutral light. The movie raises the question whether women should be more than objects for men to own, and look at. As well as what is appropriate for each gender to know and do. I will start with masculinity and then go to feminism.

Men are over all portrayed as idiotic, demeaning, chauvinistic, pigs that happen to be muscular and good looking. This is best portrayed in Gaston, who is as he puts it is “roughly the size of a barge.” From the opening song “Belle”, Gaston’s sole goal is to “woe and marry Belle,” regardless of her feelings, or desires. Gaston states that, [Gaston:] She's the one - the lucky girl I'm going to marry. [LeFou:] But she's -

[Gaston:] The most beautiful girl in town.
[LeFou:] I know, but -
[Gaston:] That makes her the best. And don't I deserve the best? [LeFou:] Well, of course! I mean you do, but -

[Gaston:] Right from the moment when I met her, saw her I said she's gorgeous and I fell
Here in town there's only she
Who is beautiful as me

displaying that the sole desire for men should be to find an attractive woman, and wed her. Moreover this shows that men should be self-centered as the reason he wants Belle is because no one else is more beautiful and there for he should have her. Then there is the “Gaston” song which the whole point of his friends singing this song is to restore Gaston’s confidence in his masculinity after being rejected by Belle. This song depicts Gaston as the paragon of manhood, which means being big, well built, slick, burly, and brawny, having huge biceps, and being hairy. The other depiction of masculinity is in the Beast, which actually has many of the traits of Gaston, in fact he has most of the...
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