I’m sure that everyone in their life has felt like the oddball or the person that is a little different than the rest of the crowd. I certainly have! But growing up with examples like Belle helped me to see that it is okay to be a little different. Being different is what makes me who I am and defines the choices that I make. Belle is the ultimate combination of beauty, brains, heart, courage, and independence- that makes her the perfect subject for this edition of the Princess Purpose!
First off, Belle’s name literally means beauty, and the village she lives in raves that “her looks have got no parallel.” But what the village doesn’t see is that she is just as beautiful inside as she is outside. Especially in the way that she looks through the rough and unrefined exterior of the Beast and sees the good in him when he didn’t even see it himself. Helping the Beast to rediscover his humanity is one of the things that makes him learn to love and be loved in return. Belle’s ability to see the good in people shows that even the most rough people can be softened with love.
One of the things that makes Belle stick out the most is her choice to not follow the trends and attitudes of the village, but to march to the beat of her own drummer. Even though she knows the village is whispering about her, Belle chooses to not let it affect her choices. She sticks to her guns and to the things that she knows and loves like reading. For a big bookworm like myself, Belle’s love of far off places and princes in disguise teaches that it’s okay to be different as long as you are doing what you love.
In the words of another brave and worthy princess, “courage is not the absence of fear but merely the choice that something is more important than fear.” Belle certainly displays that courage as she faces off against wolves, boorish and brainless suitors, and grumpy enchanted princes. Belle’s independent spirit allows her to speak her mind when telling the Beast that he should control his temper and by telling Gaston that she will never marry him. When her father doesn’t come home with his trusty steed Philippe, Belle hops on and goes after him. Belle’s constant display of courage shows that doing the right thing is bound to be scary but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. You should face it head on.
Belle’s courage, independence, and beauty both inside and out makes her worthy of the title princess and inspires all of us to be proud of who we are and help others on their way to seeing the same thing in themselves.
Why is Belle your favorite princess?