Beauty and the Beast Analysis

I thought the story was told in a predominantly omniscient point of view. Although it seemed to be Belle’s story, many of the shots were unrestricted, showing the actions of all the other characters such as the beast. The scene of the beast transforming was significant to the narrative for many reasons. Besides being the climax, it showed the motif, many recurring symbols, as well as strong allusions to Roman mythology, all of which stuck out to me.

The transformation was most obviously the climax, the turning point. In the moments leading up to the climax Belle realized that without her presence, all of the beast’s sources of power would fail. These symbols breaking or being lost or being misused played into the downfall of the beast’s health, building up the suspense leading up to the big, mysterious moment of whether or not the beast would live. She then commenced to search for him and found him in Diana’s Pavilion, the beast’s source of riches. This pavilion seemed to be directly linked to the Roman Goddess Diana, who was commonly associated with wild animals and woodland. Diana was known to have a bow,  a symbol which did not seem to have too much of a significance in the film until the statue of Diana shot Avenant. The turning point of the beast being relieved of his ugly, slavish tie to the castle highlighted the motif that, blatantly stated by the beast, love can bring out the beauty in someone. Unfortunately, Avenant would have to suffer the same consequence of being hideous like the beast once was, for he proved that love can bring out the hideous qualities in a person. As one of the most important scenes to the movie, the plot time both the transformation of Avenant and the death and transformation of the beast seemed to be stretched out to make a lasting impression on the viewer.


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