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Beauty and the Beast
“Beauty and the Beast” is a French folk story that was first written down by Gabrielle-Suzane Barbot de Villeneuve in the 18th century. A simplified version that is better known today was written by Jean-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, also in the 18th century.
Just like any other classical story, this fairy tale shows vices and virtues of a man. In addition to elaborating on subjects such as egoism, good, love, “Beauty and the Beast” is bringing our attention to the problem of intolerance, how people fail to tolerate the other. It shows that love and acceptance of the other can win the fear and change the “Beast” into a human.