A Second Vote for Beauty and the Beast With a Great Big But…
Beauty and the Beast reigns as my favorite fairy tale (not to mention TV show, movie, doll sets) and has since I was a little girl. It has so much good stuff packed into such a short little story. Danica nailed so much of it in her post. Here are a few more:
- The true nature of love, that which lies in the realm of the heart and soul,
- The power and limitations of seeing the world predominantly through our eyes. How what we see so quickly creates images, expectations and assumptions that we then have to work beyond to see the real prize beneath.
- The power of redemption and forgiveness. The beast was serving a sentence for a cruel act. He learned, grew and found redemption first in his own heart, then from another. It does not eradicate the scars, but tempers their pain.
- The need for reflection–how sometimes we have to step outside a situations to see it clearly, as Beauty did when she first leaves the Beast.
- The karma of loyalty. Beauty’s reward for unselfish love is ultimately love returned.
So rich in goodness, and yet, I do have a great big BUT…
I can’t imagine the story reversed, where the man sees through female ugliness to find the true beauty inside. Women also carry a beast inside, although it may take a different form than the male. For me, it the story is to achieve its full power, the values it puts forth must apply to all of us, no matter the actual starting point.
Anyone want to take that on, give me an example where it might be true? Where the male sees through ugliness and tames the beast in the woman?
I would love to be wrong.