No one plots like Gaston, takes cheap shots like Gaston, No one persecutes harmless crackpots like Gaston.
First, let me say that Gaston was not a character in the original fairy tale. No, he is a construct of the Disney corporation intended to turn a parable with many shadings into a black-and-white fable.
As such, he has been grievously put-upon. His desperate seeking for love has been portrayed as barbaric, unbridled, oppressive lust for the beautiful Belle.
I mean, come on. Who hasn't had their heart broken by unrequited love? Of course he acts out just a little.
And I'm thinking that the term "harmless" in reference to Maurice is quite relative. Harmful to whom, I would ask? He's already been described as a "crackpot." So is he a danger to himself, to the community, to society at large? I invite you to consider just how far removed "crackpot inventor" is from "mad scientist."
And what about that Beast? I don't have to remind you that the whole idea of his being changed into a hideous monster was to reflect his inner beastliness. Here's a question. Are there any references in the Bible to the character of a "Beast?" Nuff said.
As for Belle? Can you say "passive-aggressive," boys and girls?
So next time you go to hating on Gaston, just remember there are (at least) two sides to every story.
How about a little love for the guy?