Moral Virtues in Beauty and The Beast

             In history fairy tales have been geared to adults and not children. For this reason, many of our history's fairy tales have lost their original perspectives. During the seventeenth century, fairy tales were changed so that children could understand them. Many of the stories contained educational or moral values which adults believed were good for their children to learn. Beauty and the Beast is probably one of the most famous fairy tales that was ever created. There are many virtues in this story that are very easy to understand. One is that Beauty's virtue comes from her willingness to sacrifice herself and another is the classic idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. .

             This fairy tale starts off with a background on the merchant and his family. In the beginning of this tale the merchant is very wealthy and he spares no expense when it comes to his family. Because of this two of his three daughters were very snotty and somewhat disliked by the rest of the town. On the other side was Beauty, whom everyone in the town loved and admired something that made her sisters insanely jealous. When the merchant lost his wealth the two elder sisters did not want to move out of the town into the country. They insisted that there were many men who would love to marry them. Little did they know that their admirers had lost all interest, when they found out that they had lost all their fortune. Beauty was also very upset, but she decided that it was better to be happy and poor than miserable and poor. So her father, her three brother and herself made the best of it while the other two wasted away their days. After a year the merchant received a letter that his new shipment was coming in, this was a very exciting thing for the family. The two eldest sisters wanted beautiful dresses and furs, while Beauty only wanted a rose. When the merchant went to the market he discovered that there had been a problem with his shipment and he would not be getting anything.

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