Reality and Ideality: An analysis on Beauty and the Beast from the Perspective of Feminist Narratology


  • Yuanyuan Ma



La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast); Feminist narratology; Reality; Ideality.


La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) is a fairy tale originally written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, a French female author, and later adapted into a cartoon by Disney, which tells an actualization of idealized love in reality through the whole story. Such is, on one hand, a revelation of the opposite relationship between reality and ideality while, on the other, an embodiment of the reconcilability in the emotional power, instanced by equal love, confidence and dependence, in the contradiction between the ideality and reality. The theme of La Belle et la Bête as the main objection of this article is analyzed on the basis of the feminist narratological analysis of characters, mainly of La Belle, for the purpose of the acquirement of the profound meaning of equal identity and, simultaneously, of the perception of the realizability of ideal life in reality. This paper intends to analyze the theme of La Belle et la Bête, an actualization of idealized love in reality, from the perspective of feminist narratology based mainly on La Belle, the female protagonist, to acquire the embodiment of realities and idealities, their opposite relationship and the way of equal love in conciliating the opposites.


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How to Cite

Ma, Y. (2024). Reality and Ideality: An analysis on Beauty and the Beast from the Perspective of Feminist Narratology. Frontiers in Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(6), 240-247.

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