Disney's Beauty and the Beast has become a classic for many households, and what younger viewers see as a purely romantic love story between a pretty girl and an ugly beast is actually a story of self development for both characters.
In the beginning of the movie, the Beast is a handsome prince who is selfish and will not give lodging to an old beggar woman. Unbeknownst to him, the beggar woman is actually an enchantress and she turns him into a beast as punishment for his selfishness.
The Beast must learn to change his personal flaws and develop as a righteous person in order to return to his human form.
Thankfully, he has the help of a young woman named Belle who stumbles into his castle. Belle herself – though she is already kind and nurturing – must learn to see beyond the physical appearances of the Beast and fall in love with his soul and heart within.
One character who shows little sign of self-development through the movie – the antagonist, Gaston – meets a dismal end, in which he not only doesn't get the girl, but he falls off of a tall, dark, gothic tower.