Beauty and the Beast Analysis

The most striking part of the narrative of Beauty and the Beast was the climax, the end point where the beast is suddenly transformed, and Belle’s other suitor is transformed into another beast. This is because the whole narrative through line had led up to this event, and it showed the clash of two different story lines. All of the build up of the different plots, interwoven with unrestricted range and dramatic irony to heighten the drama of the situation came crashing down in an ending that suggests a circular storyline.

A narrative through line sets up expectations for the whole story, and the expectations drawn from the beginning of this film were that there would be some conflict between Belle, her sisters, and the beast. The conflict in Beauty and the Beast was first introduced when Belle’s father was confronted by the beast after taking one of his roses. Belle decided to save her father’s life, but became imprisoned by the beast. This is the part of the narrative where the beast finds a goal that drives him for the rest of the story, and that is attempting to marry Belle.

Meanwhile, a separate story is told where Belle’s sisters, brother, and brother’s friend, band together in an attempt to kill the beast. This introduces tons of dramatic irony because neither Belle nor the beast know anything of an attempt to kill him, but the audience does.

Finally, these two story lines come together at the climax where the beast’s goal is finally met, as he marries Belle, and where the true antagonist Belle’s suitor is transformed into the beast.

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One thought on “Beauty and the Beast Analysis

  1. It is very interesting that at the film’s climax, the characters in each of the different plot lines never actually meet. As you said, Belle and Beast never find that Ludovic and Avenant had come to kill the Beast and the two men had no idea that Belle was there in his hour of need. And yet, there is a sense of perfect unity that comes together for the resolutions of each conflict.

    The beauty of the resolution was its unrestricted range that allowed the audience to know much more than the actual characters. An effect that this has on the audience is that it certainly builds up more suspense and danger than what our characters are led to believe is occurring. Although they expect a fairy tale ending, the audience honestly does not know what will happen to Beast if Belle does not get there before Ludovic and Avenant try to kill him. Thus, in this sense, Cocteau uses unrestricted range to add even more depth and tension to an already tense climax.

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