WEREWOLVES IN FICTION: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; A TRAGIC WEREWOLF TALE?
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Did you know that Beauty & the Beast may have been actually a tragic werewolf tale?
Beauty and the Beast was originally written as far back and early as 2nd Century CE by Apuleius .
One of the first fairytales EVER!.
I know, right? Who would have known that?
It has many variants but one of three most famous versions out of the tale was written by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve in 17 century France.
As you know werewolf fiction today is so different from the 17th century and how writers wrote tales back then. This story, The Beauty and the Beast is more connected to the time of werewolves in France than you can even imagine .
Let me explain and delve further.
You know in modern fiction werewolf are portrayed as violent , and flesh eating creatures. That wasn’t so true in 1700s . In the 1700s despite what was going on with werewolf trials and wolf attacks(sometimes believed to be werewolf attacks) the writers of the day like Beauty and the Beast’s Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve wrote their werewolves tales a little differently. Instead the beasts in the stories were said to be sympathetic, tragic characters who were forced to live out their lives under a terrible curse, thus they were never evil, just eternally sad .
These ancient fictional werewolves didn’t lose humanity as represented like today . No. The truth was they were just like humans.( I will talk a little bit about that in a later post concerning my werewolves in my wip novel )
Oh what ? WOW! EMO WEREWOLVES?
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Why do you think the beast was actually sad in the story , The Beauty & the Beast? Do you believe he was werewolf?
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