Beauty and the Beast: A Perspective on Beauty

Beauty and the Beast

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History of Beauty and the Beast

With origins in mythology, La Belle et la Bête, a French fairy tale we know as Beauty and the Beast was first published in 1740. Madame Gabrielle de Villeneuve wrote this story for her court friends. This was how they entertained themselves at court, by telling each other stories so it is quite obvious this was written for adults, not for children. This original version of Beauty and the Beast is much different than the one we are most familiar with and yet has many similarities. One of the most noticeable differences is that Beauty marries the Beast before he turns into a prince.

In 1750 Jeanne-Marie le Prince de Beaumont altered the original La Belle et la Bête, leaving out what many believed to be unnecessary details and side stories. This version is closest to the one we know today.

An interesting point is that the Beast is never really described so 'the beast' and how he looks is left up to us. The Beast has been portrayed in many guises from the 1946 French film to the 1991 Disney film and many in between. Many books have been written and many different renditions have been presented.

Beauty and the Beast - Movie 1946

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
― Confucius

Beauty and the Beast

The first movie about Beauty and the Beast was made in France in 1946. Again, this was not a children's film. The "castle" the Beast lives in is probably different from what we would expect though it is enchanted. The candelabra throughout the house are held by living and moving human arms. Statues that are just busts are also alive with their eyes following Beauty. There is a magic mirror and so much more.

As you may remember, the story begins when a merchant loses his ship and tries to return home. He gets lost and finds a castle where a meal is laid for him and a bed is made. He can find no one living there but accepts the graciousness. The next morning hot coffee awaits him and still, no host. He goes into the garden and there sees a beautiful rose bush. Remembering his youngest daughter's request for a rose he breaks off a rose. That is when he meets the Beast who threatens to kill him for cutting a rose. He tells the Beast about his three daughters and how the youngest only wanted a rose. The Beast agrees to let the man live if he sends one of his daughters in his place, to live in the castle with the Beast.

When the man returns home to his daughters, Beauty (Belle in French) loves him so much she agrees to go and live with the Beast. At first she finds the Beast repulsive and scary but as she gets to know him she begins to like him and look forward to their nightly meetings when they talk. He asks her to marry him but she refuses saying he is a dear friend but she can't marry him. He gives her a magic mirror and she sees her father is very ill. She begs to go home but the Beast is afraid she won't return. She promises to return in the three days he sets as her deadline, but when she gets home she is so happy to see her father recovering she forgets about the three days. When she looks in the mirror she sees the Beast is dying and returns to him.

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How is this part of the Perspectives?

Mickey Sr, bravewarrior, Docmo,Martie Coetser, and Marcoujor have been writing since last Fall on various subjects giving their particular perspectives (Docmo is no longer with HP). To quote MickeySr, the instigator of this series, "The 'Perspectives:' series will present a variety of views on a new theme, or topic, every month from some familiar hubbers and some perhaps not so familiar hubbers." One hubber recently added to the core team is VickiW. In addition to this core team a different guest writer is asked to join each month. I am honored to say I am one of the guest writers for this month and the topic is Beauty. To learn more about the beginnings of Perspectives, read the Introduction; 'Perspectives: An Introduction'

So, you've read this far and you're thinking, well the story of Beauty and the Beast is a lovely fairy tale but what does it have to do with a Perspective on Beauty? Well, you need to understand that one of the first lessons I can remember about beauty came from this fairy tale. I went through so many emotions as we met the Beast threatening to kill a man over a rose. I was appalled. I thought,how could anyone want to kill a man just for a rose? But as I got to know the Beast, I began to feel sorry for him and see that he wasn't a Beast inside. Then, I began to like him and even though he was ugly, and a Beast, I wanted Beauty to marry him. When Beauty went to see her father and didn't go back I was angry and when I saw the Beast was dying I became furious and started to really dislike Beauty. But then, she realized her cruelty was killing the Beast and returned to him. When he came back to life for her I was so happy and I must admit a little sad that the Beast was gone and a Prince was in his place.

Okay, so again you're thinking that's all well and good but what the Sam Hill does it have to do with Beauty? Well, I'll tell you. Remember, perspective can be your point of view or your belief and what is associated with it.

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Finding Beauty

Beauty is everywhere and it is not our eyes that see it, it is our hearts that see beauty. In the beginning of the fairy tale, the beauty starts with that one little rose. A rose so beautiful that each petal opens separately with delicate grace and an inner shine, one we see immediately with our eyes and our heart. Of course there are many things we know are beautiful immediately; the birth of a child, the love and tenderness between a married couple, a father spending time with his child showing how much he cares, a blue sky dotted with white clouds, many things we see and know are beautiful.

But beauty is not always easy to see. The Beauty in the Beast was not easy to see. Of course we know Beauty was beautiful. She and all of her sisters are described as beautiful but Beauty also had real beauty. She was kind and unselfish, the beauty we see with our hearts. Though she was afraid and even repulsed by the Beast at first, she reached out to him. What about the Beast? To me, he is what this fairy tale is all about. He gave everything to Beauty. He had a room ready for her, he gave her clothes and jewels and he met with her every night so they could get to know each other. He was beautiful. He had a heart full of love and kindness. He was not selfish or mean in spite of his appearance. It wasn't his appearance that was beautiful but his heart. He appreciated Beauty but never pressured her. Beauty could only see the Beast's beauty when she listened to him and spent time with him, then she could see and feel his beauty.

Sometimes we are faced with the same challenge.

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How and Where Do We Find Beauty

One of the first ways to find beauty is to be aware. Be aware of your surroundings and be aware of other people. Stop talking all the time and listen to what is going on around you. Not only will you find beauty, but you might learn something along the way.

Another way is to learn to accept things the way they are. Once you can accept them you will see the beauty in them, whether its people, animals or nature. Accepting what is and not wanting to change it will let you see the beauty that is always there.

Little things matter. A simple gesture, a kind word, these things can lead you to beauty as well. How beautiful is the phrase "I love you"? How beautiful is it when someone thinks about you and gives you a phone call out of the blue? What about the man on the bus that gives an elderly woman his seat? When you perform little acts of kindness you will feel the beauty as well.

Look. Yes, look. Look at people, look at nature, recognize the beauty you see every day. Every face is different but beautiful; a beautiful smile, beautiful sparkling eyes, beautiful lips that turn into a smile at the corners, a face that just has beauty shining through. Have you ever seen an ugly baby? Well, maybe a homely one or two but for the most part all babies are beautiful. The flowers that bloom with every season offer us beauty along our way. The little ducks following their mother as they waddle along, different colored leaves painting a beautiful landscape before our eyes. Beauty there for the taking!

Recognizing the Beauty Around Us

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Live With Beauty in Your Life

Appreciate all that you have and all that you see. Let your heart embrace the beauty in your life and the beauty in others. "In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty." - Christopher Morley

Society's concepts of beauty change with fads. Once there was Botticelli and his "voluptuous" women, now there are models who are anorexic...both concepts of beauty at different times. As we know though, there is more to beauty than the physical attributes society looks for. Beauty is NOT a physical thing. Beauty is where we find it and how we accept it. The inherent goodness in any person or thing, that is beauty. We always know when we have been touched by beauty because we can feel it and see it in our hearts. Touch and feel your own beauty so that you can see the beauty in others.

Everything is beautiful in it's own way, and if we allow our hearts to see it, beauty is there for the taking. It surrounds us and brightens our lives. Look for the beauty with your heart and you will never miss seeing it.

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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

You sum it up so well. Beauty and happiness are all about perspective. MANY will probably disagree, but I think that seeing beauty and being happy is a choice. You can choose to be happy and see real beauty, or you can complain and see the surface ... It is all about how you approach life.

Pinned, tweeted, shared, up and awesome.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Oh, Mary, this is a BEAUTIFUL hub! You have me in tears! I could sense your beautiful personality and tender way of approaching (and teaching) people. I - with my bossy and take-no-nonsense-nature - hold people like you in the highest esteem.

Fabulous hub! The fascinating history of Beauty and the Beast is new to me - because I have not yet taken the time to go into it. Your presentation is captivating.

Voted up and absolutely awesome :)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

There was a day when I couldn't find beauty with a road map. Today I find it in everything. What changed?

Me!

You said it perfectly, Mary!

Have a beautiful weekend.

bill


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you so much Brett. I agree with you, we can choose to see beauty or not. It IS about how you approach life! Thank you so much for the pin, tweet, share and votes!!

Oh Martie, thank you. I have to admit I was nervous about being in the company of such great writers (perspectives). For some reason when I was told the title was Beauty, Beauty and the Beast popped into my head! I have to go out for a while but will be reading your hub as soon as I return. Again, thank you, and for the votes too!

I'm so glad you've found the beauty Bill! God bless. Have a great weekend yourself my friend.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

"the Beast is never really described so 'the beast' and how he looks is left up to us" . . . I love this. I also have long loved Cocteau's 'Beauty and The Beast' film and watch it every couple of years . . . when the beast permits Belle to return home to visit her ill father, and she springs from the bare wall next to her father's bed, gown first billowing out and then her form sprouting from the midst of the draped material, she looks like a rose blooming as we watch - beautiful.

And, I wanted to share this, on your hub: I have taken very dramatic notice of this several times in my life and wondered at it greatly . . . as an example, once in particular; I was introduced to a girl the first day on a new job many years ago, and when I met I thought to myself 'how sad, no one is ever going to want to kiss this girl, she will most probably never know romance' . . . she was simply that, well, ugly - all of her features were too large, her eyes were bulging, her ears stuck out, her lips were over-sized, her hair was too big, her cheeks were fat, her nose was large, and the pores of her skin were very large and gave her a rough, leathery skin, etc.

I genuinely felt bad for her and doubted she would ever get kissed. Within about 3 or 4 hours I was smitten - she was so smart and funny and genuine, she honestly looked different to me, she had a sweetness and character to her, seriously, by the end of the day I remembered I thought she was ugly but I really couldn't see it anymore. That has happened to me in both directions several times - people who struck me as beautiful seemed quite unattractive in no time, and people I counted as unattractive at first became more and more beautiful . . . I'm not talking about recognizing their 'inner beauty', I'm saying they really seemed prettier to look at. I think this is a marvel of how God made us.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Mary,

You have produced and published a brilliant take on Beauty...and I would have expected nothing less.

I am anxious to see the 1946 version of Beauty and the Beast...alone, as my Beast hates sub-titles...I love how you intertwined the ageless story into your own wise life philosophy.

You have been a gracious and delightful guest writer and I thank you for your beautiful contribution. Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Awareness, acceptance and the little things are each so important. I think this is an very good hub on beauty. I had not thought about Beauty and the Beast for many years ,and you tied into your hub perfectly. Very well done.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Dear Mary- I really love the way you brought in the tale of Beauty and the Beast ( one of my favourite stories and films) and drew from it the subject of beauty being everywhere inside and outside. Strangely enough ( maybe not so strange) my take on the subjet is a poem that alludes to the same philosophy. I am thrilled when perspective merge and mesh. thank you. Great hub!


manatita44 3 years ago

Extremely beautiful and with much gratitude that you gave me the opportunity to stop by. This Hub is beauty par excellence, and I pray that you get a large audience, not that you need this, but so we, your brothers and sisters here, can be inspired to elevate ourselves. Your writing is simply expressed, yet lofty and sublime with much profundity and guess what ... inner beauty. Loving thoughts.


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klidstone1970 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

The old adage "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is so true. It is unfortunate how certain things are dictated to us on what beauty is and that it gets exposed to our children on a daily basis. There truly is beauty in everything. I guess that a person sees more of it as they grow. Thank you for this, Mary.

Kim


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is so fine a hub. Yes though it is said beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, I believe beauty has also to be experienced from within. External beauty can be experienced and seen with our eyes but to see the beauty within, the involvement of the heart is a must.

Voted up and interesting.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Mary, your message is much the same as mine, although I didn't offer the wonderful historic background that you have so creatively offered. Beauty comes from within and can be found in everything and everyone. Living a life of beauty is the key to a content soul.

Great hub. I hope you join us again!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful article on beauty. Beauty is in the heart - these words are so true. I love the story "Beauty and the Beast" and one of the most beautiful things I ever did was to help direct the music portion of this play that children were putting on. (Naples, FL) Talk about beauty - the beauty in the hearts of those children was something to behold. I love the story and the play and movie version - even the recent Disney version. You did a great job on this perspective on beauty. I enjoyed reading this so much!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Oh my goodness, Mary! What a beautiful hub! I so enjoyed the message and the visuals. What beautiful pictures and smiles! Thank you for sharing this lovely message! up+++ and sharing!


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This is a fine contribution to the 'Beauty' theme of this months Perspective. You have added a fairy tale quality to the mix. This theme has been approached from many different angles but all arrive at the same location.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I love the film too Mickey. There is something magical about it at every turn. Yes, beauty from within makes outward appearances beautiful regardless of the features....the ability to smile brightens any face. God has provided us with a lot of tools in our sheds Mickey and your perceptions as everyone's, change as you get to know the real person.

Oh Maria, thank you so much. I was afraid my relating to a fairy tale might not make the grade but your gracious comment, and the others I have read, have eased that worry. I know what you mean about your Beast, mine won't watch it either so I watch it alone, remembering when I was a child. I have been honored to be a part of the Perspectives and thank all of you for having me!

Pamela, thank you for reading and understanding my hub. It is always a pleasure to see you.

How wonderful that my perspective merges with yours Mohan! I can't even imagine...thank you for allowing me to be in your company ;)

Oh Manatita, how lucky I am to number you among my friends. Your loving thoughts are cherished and most appreciated.

Kim, you are most welcome. It is those that see and appreciate beauty that are truly the most beautiful.

Thank you Rajan. You are right, beauty is there if we but feel it and see it.

Bravewarrior, I can't wait to read your hub. It is really humbling to know that such great writers, as yourself, share my vision. I would love to be invited to join you again, anytime.

suzettenaples, how wonderful to be able to work with children on such a great story. A lesson for them but I'm sure for the adults working with them as you said, seeing the beauty in their hearts. Thank you so much for reading and for leaving such a lovely comment.

btrbell, I'm glad you liked my pictures. I am so lucky to be surrounded by beauty every day! Thanks for the vote and share.

mckbirdbks, what a lovely compliment. It was fun and yet a challenge to compete with the wonderful works of the "Perspectives".


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

As always well done. I think life is about accepting which in turn brings peace. Trying to fight uphill all the time is exhausting and doesn't work. We can all find beauty in so many things..just looking beyon.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hi Dearest Mary (Till),

I am so thrilled that you are a guest writer on the "Perspectives" series this month! And what a superb perspective you have presented here.

I, too, went through those very same emotions when reading "Beauty and the Beast" as a child.

I truly believe we can find beauty everywhere, and that true beauty comes from the heart, no doubt! And you are right, when we look at things with our hearts, we will see beauty all around.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

The Perspective's Group chose very well, when they invited you, gf! Your hub has absolutely taken my breath away. It is sweet inspiration, pure and moving honesty....and although deep, we see all the way to the surface of your words.

I have voted Up...Up..and Beautiful, for all time.....


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Mary, you came, you saw, you conquered. That was very nice of the "Group" to invite you to be a guest writer. My goodness, you are the BOMB! You slew the dragon with this hub. Congratulations, Beauty!

But the very best part of the hub? That little baby...who's either a grandchild or a great-grandchild. I'm not sure which, but I'm confident you'll tell me. Aloha, my friend!

Joe


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this very creative approach to the topic. I am learning. thank you


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Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

I very much enjoyed this. There is more than one kind of beauty - and ugliness!


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

I didn't realize Beauty and the Beast was such an old story. I love how you wrote this hub.

Sharing this.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A wonderful example of beauty!.....I've interacted with so many beautiful people here on HP yet, I have never met them. Through their writing and poetry I saw truly beautiful people from a different perspective. This is excellent, voting awesome and sharing.


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

I have always loved the story of Beauty and the Beast! : ) So, I had to read this one!! Voted it up and interesting!!


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Mary.

Wow you really are a truly great writer and your loving and accepting nature lights up this hub. You are so right when you say " You see beauty with your heart" I had never thought of it like that, but you are absolutely spot on with this phrase. What a shame it is that there are those amongst us who only see the superficial, I hope some of them read this hub and learn to see past the glitz and polish.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I agree Carol and nothing is more beautiful than being at peace with oneself.

Faith, thank you for complimenting my being a part of the wonderful Perspectives. I really did love the story of "Beauty and the Beast" as a child and learned so much from it. Thank you too for the votes and share. God bless.

Wow Paula, I can't imagine I was able to take your breath away...the beauty of two kindred souls. Thank you for the votes GF, they mean a lot.

HawaiiO, "twas beauty slayed the beast" ;) You're right, I'll tell you, that is my youngest grandson. He's four now but still has a beautiful smile.

Mhatter, you who make our lives brighter with your limericks, I am thrilled to be able to help you learn!

You are so right Writer Fox.

Thank you WND, most only think of the Disney version.

Oh tobusiness how beautifully said! A perfect example of true beauty, the beautiful people we meet here at HP! Thank you for the votes and share.

Dreamseeker2, so happy you came to read and even happier you enjoyed.

b2b, some day, we can hope, all people will notice the beauty around them. Thank you for your loving compliments my friend.


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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

great writing Mary ..


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Michael!


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Mary, you said it perfectly. Beauty comprises the simple things in life, which are often taken for granted. That's why it is easy to miss beauty.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

We do so easily fall into a pattern of taking things for granted don't we aviannovice? Of course bird watchers don't but other people do ;)


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi Mary, so great to read your beautiful perspective on this topic! I have always lived fairy tales, and this one strikes a most beautiful chord in the heart of most people, I am sure. I love the song too. You are right. We need to appreciate all that is beautiful in life, and there are so many things that it gives each one of us tremendous scope on a daily basis!

So glad you wrote with us this month.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Brilliant and interesting Mary.

Voted up and shared.

Eddy.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wonderful so interesting aspects o life that should be more appreciated in life.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

This was just awesome. The idea of Beauty and the Beast is wonderful. I like the original tale. As they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Great pics and video. I had forgotten about that song it used to be a favorite. Passing this on.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Vicki. Yes, we need to remember DAILY the beauty we live with. It was my honor and pleasure to write with you this month.

Thanks Eddy. Always good to hear from you. Thanks for the vote and share.

Yes, DDE, we need to appreciate all aspects of life.

I am glad you enjoyed it Gypsy. So glad you enjoyed the song too! Everything is beautiful.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What a clever idea, mary, to use the story of Beauty and the Beast to illustrate your depiction of the beauty which surrounds us - most of which we take for granted. Very original. Voted up.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you drbj. If you really pay attention to Beauty and the Beast, there is a lot to be learned there, at least that's what I thought. Thanks for the vote.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Congratulations Mary on your 'apprenticeship' status and being a key member of this 'Perspective' group. I am a big fan of Vicki.

I am so glad you included a film clip of Jean Cocteau's classic Beauty and the Beast - it's a film that was ahead of its time and even today it still takes my breath away - just like your awesome hub presentation here - please keep up the good work and I will share and link this page to my FB wall - have a wonderful day and be happy and be well - sending good thoughts your way from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 9:54am


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I am always so happy to see your comments Colin. I do agree with you about Jean Cocteau's film. Actually, I just saw it again a couple of weeks ago. Well, most of it anyway...it was on very late and I fell asleep before it was over.

Thank you for the congrats...it was an interesting six months.

I hope you and Tiffy and Gabriel have a great day!


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Mary, this is brilliant. I love your concept of finding the beauty within. As I grow older, I appreciate that inner beauty much more now than ever before. When I was a lot younger, the emphasis was always on being 'pretty'. I have found that thinking 'pretty' is a much more worthwhile venture. Physical beauty tends to fade, while inner beauty is everlasting. And you have stated that lovingly here. Your images bear out the message. Voted this Up++++

A very enjoyable read, my friend ;) Pearl


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Mary, what a beautiful hub. One of the things I enjoy is most is sitting quietly, listening and watching the world around me. It is amazing how much beauty surrounds us on a daily basis that we either ignore or take for granted. It really is found in the little things. Wonderful message. Voted up, shared, etc...


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Me too Pearl, along with age comes wisdom and appreciation of the beautiful things in life. Thanks you for the votes and I am so glad you enjoyed!

Bill, we all need to take the time and look and listen to what's around us. You are so right, we tend to take too much for granted. I appreciate your votes and shares.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Me too Pearl, along with age comes wisdom and appreciation of the beautiful things in life. Thanks you for the votes and I am so glad you enjoyed!

Bill, we all need to take the time and look and listen to what's around us. You are so right, we tend to take too much for granted. I appreciate your votes and shares.


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brownella 3 years ago from New England

I had a beautifully illustrated copy of Beauty and the Beast as a child and I found myself wondering what happened to it as I read this. It is so true that the more we really get to know someone the less we see them. We lose the superficial physical first impression and never get it back...in my opinion one of the best parts of human nature. Lovely hub, thanks for sharing :)


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

First hub that I voted up and rated useful, awesome, interesting, and beautiful at the same time.

I was always aware of the story, but had found my own beauty in it in that the beauty and the beast were living within and away from the society at the same time and were enjoying their lives. I personally think my life is reflective of that.

Also, you wrote about connecting and finding beauty in the immediate surroundings. I can totally relate to it as well. Actually, my newest hub is all about micro-exploration and connecting with nature.

Finally, thank you very much for giving practical examples on how to find and admire beauty.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Indeed, we fail to see beyond. Glad that we are part of this month's perspectives too! May we recognize beauty in all!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

brownella, to me it is one of the most wonderful fairy tales. I am glad you enjoyed my hub and only too happy to share.

Suhail and my dog, I am honored and flattered by your comment. Your beauty shines through in your words. I will look for your hub.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I have heard the story of Beauty and the Beast. Even in our culture we have similar kind of folk tale. However, I was not aware about the book by Madame Gabrielle de Villeneuve or the 1946 movie. Thanks for this interesting introduction. One of my favorite movie quotes is from Kingkong where an actor surmise beauty killed the beast.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for sharing that info Vinaya. It is always interesting to learn what other cultures have as folk tales. I love reading your hubs so I can learn more. I, too, like the quote from King Kong.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

“An interesting point is that the Beast is never really described so 'the beast' and how he looks is left up to us.”

This is a fascinating point, Mary, in this well-crated, magnificent hub. You “see” rather than “look” at “the Beast;” who and what he really represents; and that his beautiful heart is what truly defines him. One of the best hubs I have read, Mary. Hugs, votes and shares. :-)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you so much Genna. Hopefully our beautiful hearts are what define us all!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Sorry for the typos, Mary. I just noticed them. {Groan.} I meant to write, well-crafted. I've been doing this all day. Thank you for the comment.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Mary - Although I am clearly late to the party -- this is a wonderful hub on beauty. I love the history of the original fairy (for adult's) tale, the artistic, philosophical, and aesthetic ways in which you approached your subject. This was a terrific read. Hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Theresa


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you so much Theresa. Coming from a great writer like yourself this is high praise.

It is pouring out right now so a good time to catch up on HP.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Sharing this reminder about having to go beneath the surface to discover true beauty.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Michelle. It never hurts to remind ourselves.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Mary, this is a moving, beautiful story, indicative of someone with a true heart.

Voted-up, UABI, pinned and shared.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Well you have truly moved me with this lovely complimentary comment Shyron! Thanks for the the votes and shares as well. Hope you've having a great week.


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schoolgirlforreal 3 years ago from USA

Hi Mary! Glad to read your updated profile and finally know your name :) I'm really happy I did, and happy I read this hub! It's very open minded, and I couldn't resist the title.

Lots of wisdom here to be understood. There are many roads that lead to one place and I find that each person sees beauty in their own way by being either spiritual, or a nature lover, animal lover, Mom, or all of these etc etc

Lovely! Thanks for all you comments too! Oh, I agree with your statement that it's just as important to read hubs.

Grand!


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Phyllis Doyle 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Mary, such a beautiful and very heart touching hub. You have a very balanced perspective of beauty which must make life a wonderful journey for you. Well done.

UP, U A B I


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

I loved hearing about the older version of Beauty and the Beast--I spend a fair amount of time--both in singing and in writing--thinking about the nature of beauty--and your hub is thought provoking--and I thank you for that


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Very interesting history of the story. Well done. It strikes me that there is a new, modern version of this story out...and at first glance, it may seem like a very far cry from the traditional "Beauty and the Beast" story, but at its heart lies the same message, and that is the movie, "Nanny McPhee."

Voted up and interesting.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Schoolgirl. Beauty truly lives in our hearts and it is everywhere to be seen, its up to us to see it. Definitely, reading hubs is as important as writing them. Thanks so much for reading.

Phyllis I believe I am a very lucky person and life is truly a journey. Sometimes, illness and other things make it hard to appreciate the beauty but it is always there somewhere. Thanks for the votes.

I am truly honored to think I might provoke some thought in such a wonderful writer Audrey.

Lizzy I have to admit I never thought of Nanny McPhee but you are so right! Her beauty shows right before her eyes as she gives of herself. Thanks for the great comment and votes.


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artsandlearning 3 years ago from 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Suite 15, Santa Ana, CA, 92705

This is an awesome hub and you have written about beauty so beautifully. It has touched my heart. We spend years of our lives criticizing and hating and such stuff, but it is not difficult to find beauty in the very same things. It's just the way we look at things. Our perspective. Thank you for sharing this. It tells what a lovely human being you are. God bless you. Have a good weekend.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Artsandlearning thank you for such a lovely comment. You truly know beauty to be able to see and understand this perspective. Thank you for the blessing and may God keep you in the palm of his hand.


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Wise words! I love the story of Beauty and the Beast and we watched it in French in French class, so I always think of the French version when I hear about Beauty and the Beast. I still sing the song to myself in French, too. Hehe.

Beauty: it's everywhere if we but just know how to look.

Thanks for sharing this great hub. :)


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

That was one of my favorites CC. Once I saw it, it stuck with me too! Thank YOU for reading my hub.


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas

You are correct when you say we first learn about what is meant by 'beauty' as very young children, from the stories we hear and we pick up so much from the adults around us. Eveyone one of them is a role model whether they think so or want to be one or not.

Conformity and fitting in, which I've written about, is one, if not the main reason people all pretty much agree on what is beauty. Yes, I know there is some variance, some slight differences, and a few brave souls who are willing to have a different opinion and even let it be known.

Most people's opinions on beauty are very similar. If that weren't so there would be a new fashion style every season, a huge diet and makeup industry, and so on. I have even known people who waited to hear what their friends thought before forming an opinion!

It's about fitting in. What guy wants a girlfriend that his buddies think is a dog even if she is the smartest, the sweetest, the kindest person around? Who wants to wear an outfit that everyone thinks is weird or ugly and they make no secret of it? If you've watched how bullies work you know what they pick on may not be ugly or bad at all, but they sure know how to make the person wearing a particular piece of clothing feel bad just by sneering at it.

The fashion industry tells us what is appropriate to wear this season, car manufacturers and the media that promotes them tell us what the 'in' car is this year. We are all programmed and bombarded with messages about what looks best and what is most popular and what we need to do to be liked and to fit in.

It's about fitting in and the various industries make a lot of money on our desire to fit in at any cost. No, not all of us care to fit in that badly, but enough do to make the difference in what is the mainstream opinion.

Most of the time no thought is given beyond the superficial as to what beauty entails. If something doesn't look good it will often never have the opportunity to show its benefits and great characteristics. Talking 'things' here, but it's also true of people, maybe more so.

Extremely well written and very thoughtful article. Should have been HoTD. Voted up and BAUI.


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Rochelle Frank 19 months ago from California Gold Country

An exceptional, thought-provoking hub. Sorry I came by so late, for all of the wonderful praises and more-- have already been well- expressed. I'm glad for the glimpse of your beautiful interpretation.


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schoolgirlforreal 19 months ago from USA

The beast reminds me of my ex boyfriend who I was not attracted to but fell in love with. And what a powerful love it was.


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AudreyHowitt 19 months ago from California

Beautiful and interesting! This is always such a delight to read!!


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Au Fait, how right you are. Our beauty standards should be from within and not worrying about what someone else thinks or has. Unfortunately you and I know that's not the norm. Fitting in is not as important as being true to yourself but that's hard to teach young people. Thanks for your votes and confidence in this hub.

Rochelle, I am just glad you came, late or not you and your comments are most welcome!

You understand this very well schoolgirl, it's all about love and inner beauty.

Audrey, you are my delight! Thank you for reading and commenting again.


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schoolgirlforreal 19 months ago from USA

Thank you tillsontitan, I'm glad I was able to understand it :) And that kind of love is amazing.

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