“Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young Prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the Prince was spoiled, selfish and unkind. But then, one winter’s night, an old and ugly beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the Prince sneered at the gift, and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for Beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman’s ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The Prince tried to apologize but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast and placed a powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there.”
We may be amazed by all the magic Disney created with the classic love story Beauty and the Beast. With all the technology involved the recreation of all the characters were magical. Besides the amazing effects, the lesson remains the same: self-love.
Belle is a girl that doesn’t fit in, other villagers think she is weird for being interested in books and for not being concerned with how she looks or appearances. In contrast we have Gaston who is the ultimate hunk of the village that comes home from war to seeking wife, everyone in the village wants to marry him, but Belle doesn’t. This makes Gaston think she is playing hard-to-get and wants her more. Belle’s father is the misunderstood scientist that creates beautiful things to sell in another town.
When Belle is captured in the castle, we meet the Beast as a terrible and selfish person who is kept under the spell. The main character may be Belle with all her intelligence and good-sense that shows us that being intellectual help us see the tragic world we are living with a new approach.
But the character we can all relate to the most is the Beast, the lack of self-esteem is what we may see at every age. How the Beast develops in the story is the self-realization of who he really is and what matters the most: to love ourselves is more important than what others think of us. The Beast is enchanted for his frivolity and what makes him behave like an animal, but when Belle comes and shows him that outer image of himself is not the most important thing, rather he should show who he really is; that is when the change of his own image comes from within.
To know yourself, is to realize that what matters the most to you is what counts, and not what others think matter. Whatever interests us is what we are truly passionate about and not what other tell us. To find ourselves is to learn about who we are and what we are capable of.