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Hamlet Vs The Lion King: Themes

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Samantha Storm

on 28 January 2016

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Hamlet vs. The Lion King
By Samantha and Ricky
Reasoning For Revenge
Loyalty,Trust and Friendship in Hamlet
Horatio was Hamlet's good friend that had always been loyal to him. Horatio proved his loyalty when Hamlet was dying because he told him that he would drink from the cup with poison in it and die with him.
Another example is Hamlet's loyalty to his father even after he died. Hamlet wanted to get his revenge for his father's death.
Gertrude didn't stay loyal to King Hamlet after he died. Only a little bit of time had passed after he died until she married his brother Claudius.
Horatio was someone who Hamlet could always trust. Hamlet told him about how he was going to start acting crazy but he didn't tell anybody else.
How does the nature of the audience affect the way the theme is developed?
The nature of the audience affects the way the theme is developed because the audience makes the theme stronger. The audience creates an emotional connection to the characters. An example is when the audience made an emotional connection with Simba when Scar killed Mufasa. Likewise in Hamlet, even though he was acting crazy the audience understood why he was acting like that and wanted him to get revenge as well.
The king's death was an accident.
Hamlet appears insane.
Decisiveness and Inactivity
Revenge was a huge theme in both Hamlet and The Lion King. Both of the Kings in these stories were killed due to their brothers not being loyal to them.
In The Lion King, Scar was the brother that wanted to get rid of his older brother Mufasa so that he could take over the throne.
The same situation occurred in Hamlet when Claudius was the younger brother who wanted to kill King Hamlet.
Scar and Claudius were both next in line to take over the throne until Simba and Hamlet came along.
They both decided to get their revenge on the Kings and killed them.
Claudius poisoned King Hamlet while Scar used brute force and threw Mufasa over the edge of the rocks.
Hamlet and Simba grieved for their fathers and decided that they needed to get their own revenge.
Simba got his revenge by taking the title of King away from Scar after returning to Pride Rock. He got all of Scar's followers to turn against him. Simba threw Scar off of the side of the rock and once he hit the gound all of the hyenas attacked him.
Hamlet got his revenge by stabbing King Claudius with his fencing sword that had posion on it. He then forced him to drink from a cup filled with poison.
Revenge In The Lion King
Revenge In Hamlet
The Lion King
The king's death looked like an accident.
Simba appears to be dead.
Can be Deceiving
The king was killed by his own brother.
Hamlet's "insanity" is a ruse.
The Lion King
The king was killed by his own brother
Simba is alive but was banished/ran away because he was led to believe that he killed his father.
Timon and Pumba took Simba in as a child and they were always there for him. Timon and Pumba put their lives in danger for Simba because he needed a distraction for the hyenas so that Simba could get to Scar.
Zazu was a loyal friend to Mufasa while he was ruling and he would always look after Simba when he was a cub. Zazu went to go find Nala and Simba when they went in the elephant graveyard. Even though he knew it was dangerous to go there because of the hyenas, he still went to go and try to save them.
Loyalty, Trust and Friendship In The Lion King
Hamlet is known for saying much and doing little. This is exemplified most when he hesitates when about to kill Claudius.
Hamlet suffers from thinking too much and not acting upon his thoughts.
The Lion King
Simba simply chooses to forget about his past and not do anything about it. (Hakuna Matata)
He suffers from almost complete inactivity rather than indecisiveness.
In the end, Hamlet eventually kills Claudius but it takes him finding out that Claudius had just inadvertently poisoned his mother with a drink that was meant for him.
The Lion King:
After years of Ignoring his past, Simba finally takes back his place as king of pride rock.
It takes being hit in the head by baboon after speaking to a vision of his father to finally motivate him to save his pride from destruction via Hyenas.
Power and Corruption
Claudius killed Old Hamlet and married the queen to seize power.
With this power, he began to become more corrupt and tries to kill Hamlet on numerous occasions.
His frequent parties and alcoholic tendencies indicate that he is a terrible leader.
The Lion King
Scar is a prime example of someone who becomes corrupt with power.
He puts hyenas in charge in a very militaristic (and naziesque) government which begins to fall into ruin until the arrival of Simba.
His subjects are forced to comply or be killed by his army of goons.
Scar's Regime
Hamlet's Indecision
Simba's Indecision
(Hakuna Matata)
Claudius trying to kill Hamlet
How Were Their Friendships Similar?
Horatio was willing to die with Hamlet.
Timon and Pumba were willing to sacrifice their lives for Simba.
Timon and Pumba didn't want Simba to go back to Pride Rock at first because they were worried he would get hurt.
The same situation happened between Hamlet and Horatio. Horatio was skeptical about Hamlet going back to fight against Laertes.
In the end both groups supported them and backed them up even if they didn't completely agree with the choices that were made.

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