This week in class we talked a lot about the Disney children’s movie Beauty and the Beast. It was recently re-made, which I have yet to see, but many of the concepts from the original seem to be the same in the re-make. I have never questioned the things such as how discourse analysis can be used to look deeper into the film or text because back when I had watched it originally. I was just a kid and it seemed like a regular fairy tail to me, but being older now and being in this class creates a deeper meaning or sheds some light on the irony for certain things. For starters this concept of Bell falling in love with a beast. The pure irony that the Beast isn’t actually a beast in the end kills me, but of course we expect a beautiful young woman like Bell to be with someone as equally as handsome as herself. I see this connecting with our society and how we expect things to work, having relationships be based upon superficial things such as appearance. The whole concept of Tinder is based upon the way one looks and the way they appear over social media. When Bell connects with the beast on an emotional and personal level, forgetting about all the superficial stuff that we usually take into account almost subconsciously , it shares a message for kids and adults that ones appearance may not reflect on who they are. Then once this message has been shared they tear it apart and make him physically attractive too.
Our society revolves around how we present our selves and is constantly focusing the attention on the “beautiful” people. We also touched upon the idea of gender preformativity which is not in our societies realm of general and natural beauty. This automatically creates stereotypes and social constructs based on appearance. To wrap up my thoughts, there are many ideas such as this in other children’s movies that can be changed and adapted to send a new message of true internal beauty.