hamlet and lion king Essay - Bianca Galindou Ratliff...

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Bianca Galindou Ratliff English 1302 4/1/15 Not Your Ordinary Hamlet Story Children learn about Hamlet before they actually “learn” about the poem by watching Walt Disney’s production of “The Lion King.” This children’s animated movie was produced to portray Hamlet through an enjoyable yet understanding way. Although there are many differences between Hamlet and “The Lion King” , there are many similarities that connect the two compositions together such as both the kings being murdered, the villain taking over, both princes being lead to their father’s ghost, and last the sons sought revenge for their father’s. In “The Lion King,” a young lion cub named Simba witnesses his father’s death and becomes the heir to his father’s throne over his uncle, this new role he has to take on creates problems and responsibilities he has to learn to cope with. By the acts in the story alone, one can see that Simba is almost a direct portrayal of Shakespeare's Hamlet Jr. Also, both of them share similar actions in the play and as characters. Both Simba and Hamlet Jr. hold off on their action of vengeance for their respective father's deaths. Hamlet as well as Simba ran from their responsibilities inside themselves that they knew had to be done: Hamlet attempts to confirm his suspicions while Simba hides from his past. However, some have assumed that Hamlet's delay is due to his mental instability, and his madness over the death of his father. Simba exhibits this same behavior, by venting his feelings in a mournful retaliation against responsibility. This delay between our characters adds a more haunting effects between the two compositions.
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In each composition the kings were murdered even though they were murdered differently the outcome was the same. In “The Lion King,” Mufasa the king of the pride was betrayed by his own brother Scar. He deviously mislead Mufasa to thinking that his son Simba was in danger when he really was not. This was all a part of Scars master plan to remove Mufasa
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