Analysis Of ' Beauty And The Beast ' And Apuleius 's Cupid And Psyche
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Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Apuleius’s “Cupid and Psyche” both use a pair of sisters as a shadow figure to the beauty in the story. A shadow figure is a term used from Carl Jung’s “Process of Individuation”, that describes the character who impedes on beauty’s growth is a shadow character. The sisters in both stories hold features that beauty should gain in the end, such as marriage, being confident, and wanting more for herself. The sisters also hold features that are the opposite of beauty such as selfishness, envy, and being materialistic. These are ways that we can define the sisters as being the shadow. Although at first it seems the shadow figures of the sisters in Beauty and the Beast and Cupid and Psyche both are trying to ruin beauty’s development, nevertheless, both sets of sisters have different methods of ruining her individuation such as the sister’s different relationships with beauty before she goes to the beast, different ways of stunting her growth, and different results after they attempt to ruin her individuation.
At first, the sisters in the two stories seem to have similar ways in ruining beauty’s development. Both the pairs of sisters are envious of their younger sister. You would almost think that the two older ones were twins from how alike they are. In Beaumont’s Beauty and the Beast, “the virtues of their younger sister had filled them with a good deal of envy” (Beaumont, 138). This is about the older sisters. The