Is it redundant to say beautiful Belle? I'm doing it anyway..
Belle! The INFJ bookworm of the Disney princesses. So much love for this lovely young woman let me tell you.
Similar to Arya Stark from yesterday's post, Belle does not want to live the simple quiet life the people around her expect her to. She does not want to simply marry a man and settle down for the rest of her life. She has bigger dreams than all that.
I love Belle because she is the girl that doesn't quite fit. She loves to read and is passionate about things that people consider strange. This is something I relate to all too well. I belong with the people who are passionate about stories and get emotionally invested in the lives of fictional characters. This is something that some people really click with and some people really don't. We're either gonna be best friends or you're gonna think I'm the biggest weirdo you've ever met; there really isn't any in between.
I love Belle because I appreciate characters who share this little dilemma; she reminds me that there is nothing wrong with being different and that there are always people who will love you for it.
I also love Belle because she is a huge middle finger to traditional patriarchal society she is living in.
Gaston, and basically everyone else in town, expects Belle to fall head over heels at the opportunity to marry him. What more could a girl possibly want, after all?
She despises the idea of becoming Gaston's pretty little housewife. She knows she wants more and despite pressure people calling her odd she refuses to settle for less. When at the end of the movie she does get married, it is her choice. It is the decision she made based on what she wanted, not what anyone else thought she should do. That's a major part of Belle's story, I think, is emphasizing a woman's right to have control over her own life despite a world that is constantly telling her otherwise. Belle reaches her happily ever after because she specifically chose it. And that I think is a very important lesson.
Belle teaches us not to settle for anyone who doesn't respect us. She shows us that girls are more than just a pretty face, that they are intelligent and that anyone who says otherwise is the real villain. Belle reminds us that it is okay not to fit, that life is about finding the people who appreciate you for who you are, not about changing or hiding to make others happy.
What do you think about Belle? Would you have chosen someone else for B? Let me know in the comments!