Belle

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                     The French commoner who is the heroine of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast, is loosely based on the French fairy tale “La Belle et la Bête” abridged from the version by Madame Jeanne-Marie le Prince de Beaumont. The name Belle translates from the French word for “beauty”. She selflessly trades her freedom for that of her father in a bargains with the Beast and becomes his prisoner/guest. She soon learns to see the good hidden behind his hideous appearance and rough manner eventually falling in love with him over time. By confessing her love at the end of the movie she breaks the spell placed on him by an evil fairy. The Beast and all his household are restored to their human forms and Belle becomes his princess. It should be noted that Belle is never seen to marry her Beast/Prince so her princesshood may be only honorary. Belle’s prince (the Beast) is named Adam.

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