The Beast is neither archenemy nor traditional…

The Beast is neither archenemy nor traditional hero. He is a much more poignant and affecting figure than the Prince who succeeds him because he is in conflict with himself, while the Prince is perfect. The Beast combines a forceful nature with a gentle naiveté, brute strength with gentle yearning. The Beast wants a relationship with Beauty; he will lure her but will not force her to it. Instead of trying to eat Beauty, he feeds her. He is powerful, yet vulnerably at the mercy of his unrequited passion. He is terrifying and also magnetic.