While watching, it struck me how many similarities the story has with the story of Pride and Prejudice.
If you think of it, Mr Darcy is much like Beast. He is awkward around people, has difficulties with speaking to others outside his closest circle. He owns a large home, with servants who are devoted to him, knowing that deep inside he is a good and caring. And as Beast tries to show Belle his home, he is thrilled to see her love of reading, showing her the library which thrilled her to know end. As he lets her into his heart, he becomes unselfish, allowing Belle her freedom when she learns her father is in trouble. Darcy does the same when he finds Elizabeth weeping at the inn in Lambton. Darcy allows her to return home with the Gardiners after they learn of the trouble the Bennet family is in. Both men were willing to live the rest of their lives alone, suffering the loss of their love, if there was a way to make their lady loves happy. Both men are dark and appear unapproachable.
Belle, like Elizabeth Bennet, is looked down on for her thirst for learning and reading. Her intelligence was considered a blemish. She is a determined and strong young lady, and both Belle and Elizabeth refuse to accept an offer of marriage that would have given security to their families, as they did not want a marriage of convenience. Though both Belle and Elizabeth started out disliking Beast and Darcy, once they saw beneath the façade, they lost their hearts to their men. Both of the ladies were wishing for better lives than was expected of them.
You also have Gaston, who, in my opinion is a combination of Wickham and Collins. Gaston, like Wickham with Darcy, thinks himself to be superior to Beast, trying to turn the village against Beast. Gaston attempts to force Belle to marry him by threatening her father’s security. Wickham is similar when he takes Lydia Bennet, as she does not have any connections or wealth, only Elizabeth’s change of heart towards Darcy. By ruining Lydia, the family was ruined. Neither Gaston or Wickham care that what they were doing was wrong, they wanted something and would do what was needed to get their way.
Belle’s father is even like Mr Bennet, eccentric in many ways. And Belle, like Elizabeth, is devoted to her father.
There is also LeFou, Gaston’s devoted lackey, who is as much a boot licker as Mr Collins is to Lady Catherine. Treating someone who is undeserving of such adoration was only giving the arrogant people bigger heads.
In the ballroom scene of Beauty and the Beast, Belle is wearing a yellow, silk gown. Many variations I have read have Elizabeth always wishing for a pale yellow gown.
Mrs Potts is similar in nature of what I think of Mrs Reynolds. Both kind and caring, making their guests comfortable. And the way they speak of their masters, it is easy to see their motherly affections for their employer.
So, what do you think? Am I off my rocker and see Pride and Prejudice in everything?
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