Beauty and the beast is a love story, without a doubt, possibly the best love story ever written but it also tells a tale much deeper than the one so obvious. Disney has a knack for embedding life lessons and ideals within their films – concepts like diversity conveyed in Zootopia, the strength of love and family in Frozen, and of chasing one’s dreams despite the adversity and uncertainty in Hercules and Moana. Beauty and the Beast however tells more than just a tale of love and romance; it conveys the genuine nature of love, and how it surpasses superficial barriers and constructs around others.
Belle falls in love with the Beast, not due to his good looks, but because of his personality and character. She is thrown into the most difficult of situations at the start of the film. Despite her circumstances, though, Belle perseveres and learns to see the good in her situation; she begins to look beyond what appears as a hopeless confinement to see a future of possibilities. She even manages to convey an ill mannered, selfish, unfriendly and antisocial beast into a loving and gentle friend and companion. She broke down his barriers and saw the beauty within to which she then falls in love with.
The story translates into our own lives and teaches us to look beyond the exterior and to look inside. Disney portrays the beauty that is found when we break through tough and ugly exteriors and learn to see people as they truly are and not how the world sees them. It also teaches us that with love those harsh barriers shown by those who turn from us can be broken down. And that is one huge life lesson!
SO WHATS THE TRUTH BEHIND BEAUTY AND THE BEAST? IS IT A TRUE STORY?
Essentially the curse and the magic and talking furniture is obviously all fairytale. However it is loosely based on a true story. It originates from a 16th Century romance between a French court servant and a man with incurable hair growth.ory of Petrus Gonsalvus and his bride-to-be Catherine.
Petrus suffered from hypertrichosis, which made thick, dark hair grow all over his body and face. He had been taken from his native Canary Islands to live among the royal family of France. He was shipped to King Henry II of France as a gift for the king’s coronation in 1547.
Fortunately King Henry II did not see Gonsalvus as a freak that should be kept in a cage. As he had been previous years. The king instead recognized Gonsalvus’ calm demeanor and decided to try an experiment. He would attempt to educate and transform him into a gentleman. The king allowed him to keep his birth name, Pedro González, but only if he used its Latin form, Petrus Gonsalvus. The boy was given clothes and cooked meals. He was taught to speak, read, and write in not just one, but three languages, receiving the education of a nobleman.
Gonsalvus then became the property of the king’s widow, Catherine de Medici, who became ruler and decided to conduct her own experiment with Gonsalvus. She wondered what would happen if her “beast” married a beautiful woman. Would they conceive little beasts? She found a wife for Gonsalvus, a young maiden also named Catherine, a court servant, didn’t know about his hair growth until the couple met on their wedding day, but it didn’t bother her.
The couple had 7 children with two sons inheriting the condition, and three daughters who also had it. The family became celebrities across Europe.