Beauty and the Beast : A Psychological Observation

On a calm, serene, evening, I was enjoying a bowl of salsa and some chips when I saw a commercial for Disney's movie, Beauty and the Beast.  It mentioned that this movie is one of the oldest and most told story throughout time. The marketing obviously offered such great verbs as dazzling, magical, enchanting, and so on. However, as I was hypnotized by the vibrant colors of the artistry of the many Disney artist, I noticed something peculiar. To investigate, I needed to buy this movie.

After finding the movie at a very affordable price, I started watching it. The first words from the narrator stunned me. Besides the whole, Once upon A time in a strange land, the narrator mentioned a brief story about a prince that was born and everything he wanted was given to him. If you watch the movie, you will see he mentions right after this that he was still selfish. Let's analyze this for a second

A prince born into royalty?

Those this make sense to you, my fellow reader? A prince born into royalty is selfish and given all he want? You don't say! Oh, I forgot to mention, the narrator also said he was an unkind prince. Now, why would a prince born into royalty, whom receives all he wants at his command, not be selfish or unkind? I am sure that at any moment he could have been taught how to appreciate the finer things he has acquired, however, he was not. This main fact will be the reason he is unkind and selfish. Now if the lack of parenting wasn't enough to punish this prince, an old woman seeking refuge from a cold, rainy night, has come knocking. Here, she offers him a gift for shelter. Prince sneers and turns her away. Now before we get to the juicy part of the story, let's go back and analyze our prince:

  • He was born into royalty
  • He was given all he wants
  • He is unkind (ungrateful, too)
  • And he is subjected to a personality test just because he's not right?

Is it his fault that he is who he is or is it the environment in which he was raised in the blame for his traits?

We left off at the prince sneering at the old, ugly, woman and rejecting her gift. He not only was disgusted by her looks but, by her rags as well.  She then tells him that beauty is from with in and magically transforms into a beautiful woman. The prince succumbs to his knees and pleads for forgiveness. We have a problem here, folks

The Beauty within.

So, did you beautiful minded readers catch what I caught? It takes a beautiful woman in disguise of an ugly woman to make someone understand their cruel ways? Is it wrong? I think it's fascinating that the human mind will respond to message covered with beauty as opposed to a message dressed in rags and covered with ugly. Sad, I know but, it's the way the brain works. You may be saying to yourself that you don't look for physical attraction but, you're lying to yourself. You only say this because you don't want to seem vain and shallow. Unfortunately, you are. Everyone responds to beauty in many different ways but they respond positively first.

So what did we learn?

In the event that you want to get a message of importance across, cover it with beauty. Give it a beauty make over. Whether it be a note on a piece of paper or whether it be a message on a video, make it beautiful. You can warn them in the beginning that if they don't think the message is beautiful, then you will turn them into a beast and curse them forever.


Let's remove ourselves from beauty and continue with the observation. The prince is cursed and now is pegged to suffer a lifetime of ugliness because he rejected kindness and refuses to accept true love. So, now what?

Well, he has to find someone to fall for him. They in turn must fall in love with him. Along with the curse of the prince, his staff received a curse. Only love can break the curse.

Should this prince be cursed for his negative attributes? Is it fair that his punishment was also the punishment of his staff? 

Everything that I mentioned in the latter statements were mentioned so that you could use your perceptive mind. We are inclined to learn to view things from only one side. Most of society agrees with the most common side that is taught to them. I would like for society to see more than one side, however, because  humans are more subjected to stick with what they were taught from childhood by influences dominant in their young lives, they would not see the other sides of the spectrum. It's not humanities fault on how perception works, but it is humanities fault to not correct it and adjust it.


Is a rainy day detrimental to you or is it a blessing?



                                                                                      more observations to come soon


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