there really such a thing as a feminist fairy tale?.
Fairy tales are ancient stories that entertain the masses and teach morals to children. They are considered oral traditions that are passed down through the centuries as a tool to teach children how to act and think. In today's society some of those moral messages are being questioned. Beauty and the Beast is an age old fairy tale that is not about the passive female role. Like most fairy tales of that time it is partially rooted in the negative female role, but is also the most feminist fairy tale that has come out of that age. The female characters are usually obedient, silent, and helpless. Yet Beauty is a much more developed and intelligent character that doesn't fit the basic mold. This helps give children a more positive female outlook at the most crucial time in their learning, they also begin to see the strength in many old world fictional characters. The Beast in this tale does not control Beauty he is in a sense more intimidated by her and her beauty. This explains the need for both the Beast and Beauty to learn to love past beauty. This more female centered route of Beauty and the Beast was also used by Disney.
Interpretation for Children.
In the case of Beauty and the Beast their are many different forms of interpretation for young girls. At young ages they absorb all this information that leads them into their certain roads in life. The strength of the female love in this tale allows children to see what a difference it can make. Beauty and the Beast proves the female love can redefine the brute in man and this inspires a more liberal dream for love in children. This dream for love was more based in the female role because of the major role Beauty plays in the process. It is not that she falls in love with her male counterpart but he begins the process. The emphasis on beauty and appearance proves to be a tool in teaching children how to love past beauty as Beauty had to.