This is often seen as a stereotypical male trait as men are considered my independent than women who often depend on men to provide for them and their family. Here we see that the there is a reversal of gender stereotype as the Beast takes on the supportive female role and the narrator takes on the stereotypically-dominant male role.
I had the language, girls. The stanzaic structure of most poems represents different stages from which the women experience a new journey that changes their initial attitudes.
Fairy tales were meant to teach our children life lessons that society, at the time, deems important to learn. Myself, I came to the House of the Beast no longer a girl, knowing my own mind, my own gold stashed in the bank, my own black horse at the gates ready to carry me off at one wrong word, one false move, one dirty look.
The Beast sees the narrators seeming interest in him as a miracle and is portrayed as desperate to keep her attention even it means living with her neglect. The use of the five senses : touch, smell ,sight, taste and sound all help us engage in the journey Poets seek to give form to these intangible concepts.
By presenting the Beast on a lower level physically, Duffy indicates at his obedience and submission. Whilst the sibilance and hard ts reflect Mrs Beasts disgust and frustration, Duffys use of colloquial language lightens the tone and adds humour to the otherwise graphic imagery. This verse of the poem shows how by women using this masculine language and other features known to men are covering up their true personalities.
Unlike many other poems written by Duffy I feel that Mrs Beast allows the reader to be sincerely sympathetic towards women rather then completely mocking there stupidity.