The story of Beauty and the Beast is one of the most beloved tales of all time. Both pre-curse Beast and Gaston have many parallels in the story. Both are powerful, wealthy and attractive men who have a dark side to their personalities. Beast is initially selfish, arrogant and possessive while Gaston is egotistical and manipulative. Both are also determined to win the love of the same woman: Belle. Keywords: Beauty and the Beast, pre-curse Beast, Gaston, powerful, wealthy, attractive, selfish, arrogant, possessive, egotistical, manipulative.