It is this version which readers are most familiar with today, although many elements were omitted from the original tale. The Beast was a prince who lost his father at a young age, and whose mother had to wage war to defend his kingdom. The queen left him in care of an evil fairy, who tried to seduce him when he became an adult; when he refused, she transformed him into a beast. Such details reflect the vast social upheavals occurring in France at the time; with the story published just thirty-three years before the French Revolution.
Director Kirk Wise was particularly interested in casting an actress capable of "creat[ing] a character completely with her voice",  envisioning a voice similar to that of American entertainer Judy Garland.
I mean, I was into musical theater and Gershwin and Rodgers and Hammerstein while people were going to Led Zeppelin concerts.
So I understood that I was very focused on my career, on my performing all through my childhood and my teens I had a one-track mind, and I think that Belle was like that a lot.
She became bitchy "; the screenwriter argued that Belle would be "too smart" to act this way.
Discourses on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, author Sharon Hayes described Belle as "the quintessential beautiful young ingenue. A Handbook author Jerry Griswold described the character as a similarly "feisty and outspoken" heroine.
Francis Xavier UniversityDawn Elizabeth England observed that Belle possesses equally as many traditionally feminine as she does masculine traits, citing her bravery, independence and assertiveness as masculine, and her sensitivity and fearfulness as feminine.
Susan Jeffords, author of Hard Bodies: Having grown weary of her uneventful provincial life, in which she is relentlessly romantically pursued by an arrogant hunter named GastonBelle longs for adventure. Belle is pursued by wolves in the woods but they are driven off by the Beast, afterwards Belle helps the injured Beast back to the castle and nurses him back to health.
Although she initially dislikes her captor, Belle gradually learns to accept the Beast in spite of his appearance and eventually befriends him.
However, Belle confesses her love for the Beast just in time to break the spell under which he had been placed by an enchantress as punishment for his selfish ways, and the Beast ultimately transforms back into a handsome prince.
Tricked by Forte into retrieving a large Christmas tree from a frozen pond, Belle nearly drowns, only to be rescued by the Beast.
The Beast, however, having been misinformed by Forte, wrongly accuses Belle of trying to escape again, and locks her in the dungeon as punishment.
In the television series Sing Me a Story with Belle —Belle, in a role reprised by McLeod, owns her own music and bookshop, where she is visited by children to whom she tells and sings stories.
She is portrayed by Australian actress Emilie de Ravin. The series Sofia the First included a cameo by Belle in a episode. In JanuaryEmma Watson announced that she would be portraying Belle in a live-action version of the film which was released in As a feminist and model, Watson suggested several changes to the character in the live-action film.
For costume design Watson rejected the traditional "big princess dress" and corset for the golden gown as that would have reduced her mobility, with the gown seen as crucial for marketing the film, while for the village scenes she requested boots instead of ballet slippers to give the character more ruggednes.
The role was originated by actress Susan Egan who was initially reluctant to audition for Beauty and the Beast because she "thought it was a terrible idea for Disney to put a cartoon on Broadway.
However, the song was ultimately so well-received that it has been included in the musical ever since. In the former, the storylines generally have the servants trying to coax Belle into doing something with the Beast, only for it to backfire and nearly ruin their friendship before they make up.
The latter serial also implies that she holds misandric views and refuses to associate herself with the village children, especially the males, due to their not being as well-versed in literature as she.Comparing Belle's personality to that of the princess in the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale "The Frog Prince", The Meanings of "Beauty and the Beast": A Handbook author Jerry Griswold described the character as a similarly "feisty and outspoken" heroine.
BELLE (Stage Age: ) Belle is the original fairy tale heroine–kind, gentle, and beautiful–but with an important 21st Century twist. She is a strong, intelligent, spirited and independent young woman.
Belle is the moral conscience of the story, elevated by her thoughts and deeds. Beaumont significantly pared down the cast of characters of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and simplified the tale to an almost archetypal simplicity; much loved and repeated. The change from Belle as the offspring of a king and a fairy, to Belle as a simple merchant’s daughter is very telling.
Beauty and the Beast. Belle and Beast have one important thing in common: they have both been shutting out the world in their own ways.
Beast by secluding himself away in his castle and Belle by spending more time in books than in the real world. Belle had been shutting out the world in waiting for something better. Belle glides through town with her nose in a book, letting us know that she's an avid reader, interested in life beyond her own world.
The Beast's temper tantrums are forces of nature, though they taper off as he learns to love and be a better person. Characterization in Beauty and the Beast Physical Appearance. The film wants us to know, as the narrator puts it at the beginning, that "beauty is found within." With the cursed castle inhabitants, that means they wear their souls on their faces.