Beauty And The Beast By Jeanne Marie Leprince De Beaumont And Little Thumbling Essay

963 WordsJan 27, 20154 Pages
Many fairy tales are used to teach children lessons. “Little Red Riding Hood” provides a clear object lesson on why not to talk to strangers. However, fairy tales can be more subtle than that and teach less obvious (and violent) lessons. In “Beauty and the Beast”, by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, and “Little Thumbling”, by Charles Perrault, courage is one potential lesson that stands out. The title characters of both stories display courage through their actions, giving children an example to learn from. Of course, courage comes in more than one form, but the courage in these two stories shares many features. “Beauty and the Beast” and “Little Thumbling” present courage as an important virtue that helps both courageous people and others by helping or protecting them. Courageous characters are shown protecting others instead of worrying about themselves, like when Belle takes her father’s place. In “Beauty and the Beast”, Beauty goes to Beast’s castle in place of her father when he is sentenced to death. She refuses to go home and leave him even when he tells her to, saying: “You can’t keep me from following you.” (de Beaumont 36). Even in less deadly situations, she thinks of others first. Her first wish when she sees her room is to see her father again. At the end of the story, she is even willing to leave her father, who we’ve just seen she is extremely devoted to, behind to save Beast’s life (de Beaumont 41). Throughout the story, she puts the needs of others before
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