Of all the Disney men we have come to swoon and fawn over the years, none has my heart like the Beast. I mean I admit he might have had an enormously bad temper and been a tad bit hairy in the beginning but come on, he gives Belle a library! Like a whole gigantic library just full of books! Anyone who loves a good book can admit that that was pretty swoon worthy! But geekiness aside, Beast is a great example of hows even the most stubborn and seemingly selfish people can change if only given the chance.
When we first meet Beast, he has the reputation for being the selfish, cruel prince that got himself and his whole castle cursed for not giving shelter to an old woman (talk about a jerk move!) and having no hope that the curse can be reversed. For who could ever learn to love a beast right? Wrong! Through meeting everyone’s favorite peculiar bookworm Belle and eventually fighting off a pack of hungry wolves all by himself (wow!), the Beast stops caring just about himself and starts becoming human again through his love for Belle.
With little things like not eating like a wild animal but with utensils and wearing actual clothes not a tattered cloak that has seen better days, we see Beast learning how to become a person again and how to love another person more than himself.
And with that knowledge, Beast unselfishly makes the ultimate sacrifice to show his love for Belle: letting her go to help her ailing father. Love, as we have learned through everyone’s favorite little snowman, is putting someone else’s needs above your own. Beast, through this act, shows that unselfish love and allows himself to possibly lose his last chance of breaking his curse.
In the end, Beast, or Prince Adam which is his human name, is the ultimate example of how people can change and that hope can never be lost, as long as you take the chance to open your heart.