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What is the setting in Beauty and the Beast?

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ruzzell | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2009 at 2:34 PM via web

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What is the setting in Beauty and the Beast?

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msteacher203 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 19, 2009 at 6:06 AM (Answer #1)

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The most basic answer to this question is the countryside, or "in a far off country". Various texts exist, but none state a more specific location. This is common among fairytale settings. The ambiguity of a fairytale adds to the mystique.

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 29, 2015 at 3:08 PM (Answer #4)

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Beauty and The Beast is a classic fairy tale, known most widely to a modern audience because of movies and animation. Readers can relax when they read fairy stories because they usually know the outcome, as do most of the avid, young listeners.

The setting in a piece of literature does a lot in helping to create the atmosphere in a story and is a basic component of any such work, where it is discussed together with the theme, plot and characters. The obvious element of the setting is the place or geographic location where the story takes place. It can then be broken down more specifically. Beauty and the Beast is set in France but it does not stop there; there is the town and then there is the countryside. It also depends on which version a person is reading as there is more than one. Furthermore, most people only think of the Beast's home when they think of Beauty and The Beast, forgetting that the story has more elements to it.  

Setting sometimes has a cultural element to it which goes hand in hand with the historical aspect of the setting and the year or era in which the activities take place. ; for example, understanding life in the eighteenth century helps to set the scene for the story and the clothing and traditions of Belle's era. 

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 3, 2009 at 9:04 PM (Answer #3)

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Beauty and the Beast does not have one setting. The question should be what settings are in the Beauty and the Beast. However, if you want to talk about the main settings, then there are two. First, there is the provincial town in which Belle lives. This is where her friends, family and the ghastly Gaston dwell. Then there is the castle where the beast dwells. I would say that this is the main setting. There are various rooms that are described, such as the dinner room where the dishes and utensils perform their song and dance.

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monica-in-the-sky-with-diamonds | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 5, 2010 at 4:52 AM (Answer #2)

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Although the exact setting remains anonymous, judging by the names of the characters it is likely to be set in a small provencial french town.

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