The fairy tales of Bluebeard and Beauty and the Beast depict two different values of what a good marriage is based on. In Bluebeard, Tatar’s view of the perfect marriage is based on loyalty, being true, and obedient to your husband/spouse. When you are proved to be disobedient or untrue, it is costly and you must pay for your sins. In Bluebeard, we see a wife whose husband gave her strict orders not to go into a certain room while he was away, but her temptation took over and she went against his will. Upon returning, he realizes her disobedience and she is ordered to die as his previous wives were.
On the other hand, in the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Tatar shows that virtue over any characteristics in a spouse is what makes the perfect marriage. You can be attractive and intelligent but have a cold heart; you can be ugly and dumb yet have a kind heart. This fairy tale shows us that “feelings of respect, friendship, and gratitude suffice for a good marriage” (60). In this fairy tale, we see Beauty’s feelings transform and her fall in love with a hideous man (Beast) simply because of his good spirit and kind heart. After repeatedly rejecting his numerous proposals for her hand in marriage because he is ugly, she realizes it is not all about looks/intelligence, and she may miss out on something good. She then puts her pride aside and marries the beast whose curse is then broken and turns into a prince. All he needed was a beautiful woman to consent to marry him and the curse put on him by a wicked fairy.
The two fairy tales differ because their outlooks on what a perfect marriage is made of are opposite. Tatar’s view of the perfect marrriage in Bluebeard is solely based on loyalty/obedience and when betrayed, there are reprecussions. Whereas in The Beauty and the Beast Tatar’s view is the opposite– virtue is the key neccessity in a perfect marriage. A kind heart in any relationship is what leads to a successful marriage. Beast was ugly, but rich with a kind heart; Bluebeard had a hideous beard and was also rich but had a cold heart. In the end, we see it was Beast that made it to “happily ever after” while Bluebeard was left for dead.