Song analysis for “home” from beauty and the beast

Song Analysis “ Home” From Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast starts off with a handsome man, turned into a Beast due to a curse that can only be broken by having a woman fall in love with him before the time runs out. The main character, Belle, is captured by the Beast in return of letting her father go free from being his prisoner. After a series of altercations, Belle and the Beast get along but Beasts presence is found out by the community and a mob is out to get him. After being stabbed, Belle tells the Beast she loves him before the time ran out, transforming him into the healthy and attractive man he once was. They lived, like all fairy tales, happily ever after. Belle is a gorgeous and intelligent young woman. Everyone in her town is captivated by her beauty that they do not pay attention to her love of reading. She had even refused the marriage of the good-looking antagonist, Gaston, because he loved her for her looks only. Not only is Belle beautiful but the love for her father is infinite. She set her father free from captivity of the Beast by allowing the Beast to confine her in his castle instead. I find many characteristics of Belle in myself. I, like Belle, love reading. Many people are actually astounded by the fact that reading is something I’m passionate about, much like the townspeople were about Belle. The largest trait Belle carries that I find deep within myself is the love she has for her family. She risks everything she has to save her father, just as I would have for any of my family members. The song “ Home” is sung the night Belle is enslaved in the castle and refused to join the Beast for dinner. The song is meant to show her animosity toward the Beast, and move the story forward through her feelings. It comes at a point where she is no longer scared, but bitter towards the entire situation. The setting in which the song is placed in the 18th century in both a small town in France and a large castle outside the town. The setting itself doesn’t personally affect me, but situation that led up to the song does. It is a position I would have put myself in for any family member. During my performance of the song, I will at first be singing to the Beast, then switch to singing to myself questions and uncertainties I wanted to say to the Beast. The switch will be clear due the hate I in my voice while singing to the Beast and the uncertainty I will have singing to myself. The only thing I want from the Beast is for him to know that I am not OK with living there and how I despise him. From myself, on the other hand, I will be singing to answer my own questions stated in the song and realize what I’m really getting myself into. It is necessary for me to sing at this exact moment because I’m flooding with so many different emotions, I have no other source of release other than to sing it out. The only thing I really have at stake is her sanity in the home. There are so many questions and as she’s singing them, she later realizes that this isn’t the home she should be living in and she will not be held there forever. The character, herself, has locked herself into her room, mourning her situation while singing “ Home”.