My selection for this month's Inkling Explorations Link Up (the subject of which is "Roses in book or film") is the scene from Disney's Beauty and the Beast when the Beast decides to set Belle free. Choosing Beauty and the Beast feels rather unoriginal to me, but I love the movie (and am consequently over-the-moon excited for the new live action version coming out in 2017!!!) and so I couldn't resist. :)
The Beast has a magical rose that tells him how long he has to live, and the Rose is slowly dying. Once it dies, the Beast will die too, unless he comes to love a girl—and have her love him in return. Only then will he be released from the spell.
Even though the Rose is visibly wilting before his eyes, the Beast decides to willingly give up the very thing that would ensure his freedom and life—Belle. Because he loves her, he puts her needs and feelings above his own. He sacrifices himself for her, showing how completely his character has changed and evolved into the hero that the sorceress who cast the spell upon him hoped he would become.
Here is the scene I'm highlighting, although the main part is at 1:05 to 2:21. The last part with the Beast telling Cogsworth why he let Belle go is one of my favorite scenes. :)
Thank you for this lovely Link Up, Heidi!
ps. I find this very amusing, indeed. ;)