Research into the classic story of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Brief: Choose a ‘classic’ narrative
Research the story.
Understand the structure, the history and social
function of your story (what’s the moral of the
tale).

Story: Belle, a beautiful young woman was forced to live in a tower in order to save her father from ‘the beast’, the beast had actually once been a Prince but had been cursed, he must learn to love and be loved for who he is before the spell is broken. The beast tried to woo Belle and be a gentleman but she took no notice of him. Only once he had protected her from wolves did Belle realise his gentle nature, their friendship grew and they became closer. The beast then cared for her too much let her go from the tower and as she visited her father she realised they were meant to be with each other. The frightened villagers broke into his castle and wounded him badly as he lay dying Belle told him she loved him.

Moral: The moral of the story is not to judge people by their outside appearances but to look underneath and love them for their personality. The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” is quite fitting here.

Disney narratives are made to teach children life lessons in a way that will interest them and I believe this is a strong and important message.

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