The word, beauty, has always been associated with a benign meaning such as goodness, prettiness, and a physical attraction; whereas, the word, beast, has always been related to malign meaning such as savage, ugliness, and a physical repulsion. To have them put in the same sentence is a paradoxical use of language that arouses my curiosity in the book titled Beauty and the Beast. For a long time, I have been pondering the question of the importance of physical beauty: is physical beauty an essence of love? I want to reach an ultimate realization whether outward appearance was important things to me. Through the reading of Beauty and the Beast, even though I realize that the moral of the story is to prefer “character, virtue, and kindness” to “either beauty or wit” (Hallet 111), I still doubt the possibility of love without physical attraction.
Donkey Skin is a child story closer to the reality of the society. I think this may be the reason why this story is not very popular and well heard. Parents doesn’t want to expose the reality of incest and disobedient to their innocent children. Also from my point of view, love, in reality, is only skin-deep; the love relation in Donkey Skin exactly portrays this reality, which is romanticized in Beauty and the Beast.
By compare and contrast Beauty and the Beast and Donkey Skin, I have juxtaposed two romantic children stories that deal with different kinds of attractions. In this essay, four main aspects of these two stories are being examined: enchantment, disenchantment, authors’ methods in presenting the beasts, and, the gender issues in the stories. I will talk about whether enchantment was a form of liberation or captivity for the protagonists in their beasthoods. Disenchantment plays a big role to form a happy ending to both stories; and, love plays a big role to form a solution to disenchantment. It would be more suitab...