What is the theme of Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast?
There is a school of thought that believes that the theme of Beauty and the Beast relates to the view that some women have about men. Some reviewers believe that these female views include fear, revulsion, and a resentment of imposed obedience or submission to an external male force. Beauty, under this interpretation then, would have certain prejudices about men in general - the latter being represented in the image of a "Beast." When the vanity of the Beast is cured, and the layers of the changeling fall away - Beauty sees the true nature of the man underneath - vain yes, but kind, polite and above all - unthreatening. Her prejudices (or bigotry) fall away too as the spell works its magic - and she sees that she must not generalise - one idea being that not all men are the same and not necessarily scary!
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