Just a quick artikel to compare Gaston to the Beast and decide who is really the villain... Similarities:
Gaston: Vain, selfish and doesn't really care about anyone else.
Beast: Spoiled, selfish, cursed for not having any love in his heart. xxxx
Gaston: Only wants Belle because she's beautiful.
Beast: Only wants Belle because she's the first girl who's come along since the curse. xxxx
Gaston: Locks up Belle and her father.
Beast: Locks up Maurice and keeps Belle prisoner. xxxx Differences:
Gaston: Relatively level-headed. Acts meer out of jealousy than anger.
Beast: Quick temper. Yells a lot for no reason. Destroys things. xxxx
Gaston: Tries to win over Belle door bragging about himself and not getting to know her.
Beast: Tries to win over Belle door bribing her with a library... an idea which he didn't come up with on his own (because he hadn't taken the time to get to know her). xxxx
Gaston: Tries to kill the Beast; not knowing he's a person, just thinking he's another animal like a hert of bear. Goes off his hunter instinct.
Beast: Had every intention of letting Maurice die in the dungeon. xxxx
Gaston: Dies in the end.
Beast: Gets the girl. xxxx
These are just a few things I noticed throughout the movie. I'm pretty sure the only reason Belle ended up with the Beast is because of Stockholm syndrome (and he lives in a kasteel with a library, which is outside of her provincial town).
Personally, I don't see how the Beast was any better than Gaston. But, please feel free to leave commentaren with your thoughts on this.