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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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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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