Many times, in fairytales, a damsel in distress sets the tone for the story. While there is nothing wrong with this storyline, I do appreciate deviations from the stereotype. As for Beauty and the Beast, we see the roles reversed, and the Beast needs saving. This type of empowerment and vulnerability is just the message we need as a reminder of today.
As I sat in the movie theater to watch the updated adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, I saw the movie in a new light. I still love the cartoon, but I would argue that this aspect of the storyline was better brought to life. The metaphor of Belle saving the Beast from a curse proves that no matter how gruff of an exterior someone may have, they still have an internal battle they are fighting. It also shows that a young girl who has her sights set on being different from the other village girls can be powerful. She is not settling for a man just because he is available to her, and she is willing to risk it all to save the most important person to her, her father.
I do not know what the intentions were behind the making of this movie, but this is what I got from it. We have the free will to fall in love, but our hearts know. This love may not be a conventional love, yet we must follow it. Even in times of uncertainty, we must set the feeling of uneasiness aside to dive wholeheartedly into the role of being someone’s redemption. Be someone’s hero.
The likelihood of our happily ever after playing out in the same context of Belle’s and Beast’s is relatively slim. But, we do have the opportunity to see someone’s personal struggle and join them on a journey before they are devoured by internal conflict. Be there for someone. Go beyond your comforts to be strong for another person who needs support. Even if at first your help is rejected, be persistent, bold, and daring.
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