Comparing “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Beauty and the Beast”


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Essay #: 062652
Total text length is 4,540 characters (approximately 3.1 pages).

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The beginning:
“Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Beauty and the Beast”
Comparing and contrasting key elements of “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Beauty and the Beast” – or, comparing a peasant folk tale to a literary fairy tale
The ensuing paper is a carefully organized and critically insightful comparison and contrast exercise that explores the key elements in the peasant folk take, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and the literary fairy tale, “Beauty and the Beast.” Ultimately, this paper will show that the two tales are very comparable: there are monsters; magical objects; and good people receiving their just desserts – but the big difference is that “Beauty and the Beast” appears to have relatively more magical elements and no one is killed in “Beauty and the...
The end:
.....s that there is no evil fiend killed at the end of “Beauty and the Beast” – though the beast does symbolically die when Belle blesses the prince with her tears.
To end briefly, both tales cohere around the same basic elements you find in other works of their genre; the major distinction is that one of the works features relatively more magic and a relatively more lovable monster. When all is said and done, both of these fairy tales involve monsters (the “evil” juxtaposed against the comparative good or beauty of the protagonist) and both involve magic – or a firm belief in the potency of the supernatural. However, “Beauty and the Beast” is certainly a more generous and humane work that does not descend into the same gore as its counterpart.