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Sociology in The Lion King and The Help

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Transcript of Sociology in The Lion King and The Help

The Lion King and The Help

By: Alysha Brar, Amritpal Bath, Isabella Cabido and Michelle Mariano
What is it about?
A prince lion named Simba, born in Africa is destined to become King of the Pride Lands, taking after his father Mufasa. Mufasa’s brother Scar would have been king, if Mufasa not had a child. Enraged with anger, Scar kills Mufasa and advises Simba to run away. Simba grows into adulthood while on his own, and then later re-unites with a childhood friend that begs him to return. Simba later comes home and battles his Uncle Scar, and takes back his place as King.
Characters in The Lion King
Timon and Pumbaa
The Lion King
"The belief that females and males have distinctive characteristics and that one gender has more of a right to power and resources than the other; it is policies and practice based on those beliefs." (Schniedewind & Davidson, 1998, p.8)
Emphasized Femininity
"The normative idea of femininity, based on compliances with woman's subordination to men." (Mirfakhraie, 2012, p. 191)
Hierarchy of The Lion King
"Attitudes, behaviours, and institutional structures that subordinate a person or a group because of age."
(Mirfakhraie, 2013, Quist 7).

"...The ideology that maintains that one race is inherantly superior to another." (Mirfakhraie, 2013)
Intersectional Analysis
Conflict Theory
The Help
What is it about?
The Help takes place in  Jackson, Mississippi, in the year of 1962. Aibeleen Clark and Minny Jackson are two of many maids who work for white, middle class families. Eugenia Phelan (Skeeter), is a white progressive woman who believes in the equality of women. She is bothered by the state of the African American maids and wants to write about this inequality to expose the problem. Though hesitant at first, Aibeleen and Minny team up with Skeeter to document their experiences as maids. They anonymously publish the finished book called, "The Help."
Characters in The Help
Elizabeth Leefolt
Hilly Holbrook
Celia Foote
Examples in The Help:
Lower class
Middle class
Higher class
"...The assumption that society is grounded upon inequality and competition over scarce resources." (Mirfakhraie 2013)
bell hooks
"A form of oppression that provides advantages to people without learning, emotional and physical disabilities and dis-advantages those with these disabilities," (Schniedwind and Davidson, 1998, p. 20)
"The simultaneous influence of multiple social relations, including race, gender, ethnicity, and class. (Mirfakhraie, 2012, p.205)
"...the differential treatment of groups because of their class background and the reinforcement of those differences through the cultural values and practices of institutions" (Mirfakhraie 2013)
Upper Class
Middle Class
Lower Class
- Both movies have male dominated societies
- There is both hegemonic masculinity and emphasized femininity in both movies
- There is also a display of domestic violence in both The Lion KIng and The Help
- Sexism is shown in both The Lion King and The Help against females
- There is a hierarchy of each society
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