This is Almas’s Analysis of the popular Disney film, Beauty and the Beast, which I’ll be referring to in my next Youtube video. It’s packed with insightful views and valid claims. She offers a detailed perspective that will challenge your very own perception of the film. Enjoy!
Thank you Almas!
Beauty and the Beast Critique
|In both the Disney version and the folklore, I believe Belle ( the main female character) to have Oedipal tendencies which is very common in women that date abusers ( or are attracted to abusers).
As it is consider to be a spell over the person, and that’s why they will put up with outrageous behavior due to the insane desire to be part of the other person. Its also very common in victims of multiple rapes.
However in the folklore version, oedipal love is refer to as incest so the ugliness of the beast is part of her imagination.
She subconsciously sees the beast as ugly because she is not ready to give her self to him, and its not until she gets over the enchantment, or the insane love that she feels for her father, that she sees the beast as beautiful and there for attainable.
In the folk tale, she gets asked in marriage at least 3 times, but she refuses because she is scared to leave her father, which is typical because even though we are portrayed with all sorts of rape histories and incest, not all the victims see the horrible side to it until its spotted out to them by others. Just like a lot of people didn’t realize that there was something with the world until someone came and spotted it out, Belle is conditioned to grow up accepting something as normal, so she doesn’t to question it.
Ok lets get into the Disney analysis
At the beginning of the movie they tell you a story about how the prince was enchanted by this beautiful fairy god mother who disguises herself as an old beggar, and knocks on the prince’s door asking for food and a place to stay for the night. In exchange, she was going to give him a rose. The prince being shallow and mean turned her down because her face was wrinkly and ugly.
The beggar woman gave him a second chance, but he turned the offer down again.
Then she revealed herself , and placed him under spell as a punishment for his shallow behavior and told him that the spell will break only when he learns the true meaning of love.
The prince was turned in to a beast.
He was supposed to learn that beauty isn’t the most important thing yet he fell in love with a women named Belle, or Bella, which is Italian for beautiful and she is obviously highly attractive as the men in the village desire her.
Analysis on Gaston, a very important character.
Gaston is the man in love with Bella, who is a representation of the care taker, educated, independent, and growth orientated modern woman. That’s why we first meet her as she reading a book and interacting with the farm animals.
Gaston loves her, but she doesn’t love him because he is a self-absorbed creep who is not very intelligent or respectful.
He feels he is entitled to have Bella and wont stop at anything to get her. He imprisons her father and organizes a wedding without telling her because he is very certain that they are going to end up together even though she has turned him down at every single attempt.
Gaston is very important because besides his unattractive personality, all the women in the village want him, which sends the message that it isn’t really worth forming a relationship with the smart type of girl. Gaston automatically attracts the whore archetype, which inevitably creates a relationship based solely on appearances because that is all the two genders see in each other. Interestingly enough, all the whore archetypes are blondes ( which is an other stereotype).
Now the prince and Bella and the beast.
Lets not forget that the first time they met, it was because of a prisoner’s exchange, which goes very well with the fact that Bella is from the working class and since he’s a prince, he’s from the upper class.
When she offered her self in sacrifice for her father, the exchange is not the only thing she’s sacrificing. She is portrayed as submissive , she is an only daughter taking care of her father so she takes on the roll of a Mother.
From here we just see a very naughty beast who has no idea of how to treat human beings, let a lone a lady. He shouts and gives her orders as if she’s one of his servants.
But out of the sudden, the love of the beautiful Bella is starting to change the beast in to a loving caring man. In the end, the beast gains her love and they ended up happily every after, which gives the illusion that the love of a good women can change a beast in to a prince.
This is exactly the kind of mentality women in abusive relationship have.
|Very rarely do abusers conform to the stereotypical image of a constantly harsh, nasty or violent person, either in public or in private. More frequently the abuser portrays a perfectly normal and pleasant picture to the outside world (often they have responsible jobs or are respected and important members of the local community or Church) and reserves the abuse for you in the privacy of your own home. Nor are abusers always overtly abusive or cruel, but can display apparent kindness and consideration. This Jeckyll and Hyde tendency of the abuser serves to further confuse the victim, while protecting themselves from any form of suspicion from outsiders. Many victims describe “sudden” changes in mood – one minute nice and the next explosive or hysterical, or one minute happy and the next minute sad. This does not indicate some special “mental problem” but are typical of abusive personalities, and related to other characteristics such as hypersensitivity.
That’s why most of the villagers didn’t know of the existence of the beast.
The beast’s abusive side only gets display at home from there the symbolism to why he the “beast” never leaves the home, which is the Jekyll and Hyde’s abusers profile.
Most of the women falling for that kind of character, first meat the angry beast, but when they do tell about it , no one believes them because, in front of other people they are loving and caring and no one believes them to be capable of doing such things.
Then second, the woman meets the loving and caring side of the beast and then they start to believe they are strong enough to help the beast to change in to the permanent state of nice and loving.
But generally the beast’s behavior is normally displayed by choice, where the person chooses to mask them selves, two very different personalities, so they are normally not willing to change.
The enchantment from the fairy god mother
Often times fairy god mothers with magical powers are portrayed as been part of the conscious of the character involved. As we all know, fairy god mothers aren’t real and they’re just a product of the imagination.
So the enchantment is believed to be just a way for the prince to protect him self from a broken heart. So he become this hideous beast, which I don’t believe is actually talking about his physical appearance, but rather his personality. The beast is protecting himself by being cold with to rest of the world, which is a not so strange for people that have suffered some kind of childhood trauma to act this way before they become abusers. (This is a bit of an allegory.)
What about the little characters?
A tea pot, a tic tac clock, a tea cup, and the candles holder.
They make us feel sad and happy for them, but they are obliviously inanimate objects, yet we end up treating them as humans.
Humane beings who are enchanted become like inanimate objects, which do not have a soul. And fixed on a tea pot and cup, it’s funny how human beings interfacing with inanimate objects and feeling sorry for them and feeling love for them. This promotes the future agenda of the surrogates, and people having sex, or intimate relationships, with dolls and robots and vibrators and so forth…
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