The Beauty and the Beast has a narration with several points of view. Instead of getting the story from one character, we see the story through several characters, including Belle, the Beast, Belle’s father, and Belle’s sisters. This affects our understanding of each of the characters and what their intentions and purpose will be throughout the movie. In the opening scene we witness the arrow being shot through the window and Belle’s sisters are dressed in fancy clothes and jewelry and being carried by their personal coachmen. From the beginning we established the characters of Belle’s sisters as spoiled and self-centered women.
Throughout the movie there are several chains of causes and events that are essential to the plot and evokes emotions and expectations from the audience. The first is when Belle’s father somehow finds his way into the Beast’s mysterious castle and the Beast tells him that he must bring back one of his daughters to take his place otherwise he will die. Right away we know that Belle will be the one that is exiled to the castle, because from our expectations at the beginning of the film we know that Belle’s father is too boastful and her sisters are much to selfish to ever consider themselves sacrifices. This scene alone sets off the whole chain of events in the film.
One thing that I noticed in the movie is that the story time is not well defined. How long has Belle been living at the castle? Days, weeks, or months? We have no way of knowing because it is never clearly shown. This leaves the audience to fill in the gaps and infer what they don’t already know. This creates a sense of suspense because we create a scenario of what we think is going to happen and then we are eager to find out what event will happen next.