Is the Beast from Beauty and the Beast a werewolf
Everyone knows the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast….a story of about a merchant with three daughters, one of whom – named Belle – is beautiful and pure of heart – and ends up living with the “beast” in his castle. She does not know that the “beast” is actually a prince that has been cursed in “beast” form by a fairy and cannot transform back to human form until he finds true love. Could this classic story have anything to do with werewolves?
It’s interesting that a “curse” is cited in myths and legends as one method whereby one can become a werewolf. So, in the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, could the Beast be considered a werewolf? He does meet some basic criteria including – 1.) he does not walk around in human form, 2.) even though he’s not human, he still retains his human memories, thoughts, and emotions, and 3.) he does end up “transforming” once the curse is broken. Also, a 4th classic method of becoming a werewolf – at least in legends – is a “curse” – which obviously is the case with the “beast”. So when you think about all these things and compare this story to other classic “werewolf” stories such as the famous werewolf story of Bisclavret the Good Werewolf (which is over 900 years old), you see striking similarities. Someone transformed by a curse to another non-human form that needs one special thing to break the “curse” and transform back to human form – in the beasts case the special thing is true love, with Bisclavret it is his clothing.
When you break it down like that, sounds a little like a werewolf, doesn’t it?