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The Lion King vs. Hamlet

ENG4U Summative Performance Task
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Veronica Doherty

on 22 November 2012

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Through the analysis of the character's and the dialogue of the two works we see how Hamlet is a timeless classic by seeing how the narrative and the tension from the character relations stay prominent despite the context being completely replaced In The Lion King. 1. To what extent does the demonstration of betrayal differ between Hamlet and The Lion King?
2. How is the family conflict between Hamlet and The Lion King similar?
3. What impact does the proposal of vengeance have on the main characters in Hamlet, and The Lion King? Character Development Comparison Quotation Contrast Hamlet Simba Claudius Scar Old Hamlet Mufasa Gertrude Sarabi Rosencrants and Guildenstern Timon and Pumba Ophelia Nala Polonius Zazu COMPARISON: THE LION KING/HAMLET 1.The Uncles of the main character kill the King.
2. The dead Kings son kills the Uncle King.
3. You can imply that the Uncle King marries the dead Kings wife. (In the Lion King, it's not stated, but in the lion kingdom, the head male does mate with all the females in the pack.)
4. The ghost of deceased Kings figure visit Hamlet/Simba and encourages them to "set things right".
5. (Claudius and Scar) tries to have Hamlet / Simba killed. (By sending him to England in the play and by the hyenas in The Lion King.)
6. The Zazu character is somewhat similar to Polonius. They are both aides to both Kings.
7. Both kings use outside aliances to further their goals (hyenas and England.)
8. Both Hamlet and Simba must resolve a moral crisis before the end. CONTRAST: THE LION KING/HAMLET 1. Simba, Nala, Sarabi (Queen), and Zazu survive in the end. In the play, their characters, Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude (Queen), and Polonius all die.
2. Scar is a bad king and runs his kingdom into the ground. There's no evidence to suggest Claudius is a bad king.
3. Simba doesn't kill Scar (the hyenas do). Hamlet kills Claudius.
4. Simba believes he is personally responsible for his father's death until the end. Hamlet certainly feels guilty and tortured, but he does not believe he is personally responsible.
5. Simba is allowed to "grow up" in a safe environment away from the situation. Hamlet stays at the castle from the time of his fathers death til the end.
6. King Hamlet is never seen alive in the play. Depending on the interpretation, this may leave some question as to what kind of person he was. Mufasa is shown in the beginning as a great and honourable King.
7. Motivations and morality are much murkier in Hamlet. First, Simba is never dishonest with Nala. He may not have offered all the information, but he didn't try to manipulate her for his own ends. It seems at times Hamlet does use Ophelia either for sex or to get at Claudius.
8. Motivations and morality--second example, Gertrude is openly allied with the Uncle very quickly after the death of her husband. Her loyalty to her son is questionable. Sarabi is clearly allied with her son and does not care for new management.
9. Motivations and morality--Like Sarabi, Zazu is clearly in favor of the old regime and of Simba. But, Polonius serves the uncle and works against Hamlet at every end. WHAT IS THE LION KING ABOUT? Mufasa's ghost appears to Simba
Act 1, Scene V
“Where wilt thou lead me? Speak, I’ll go no further” - Hamlet "I killed Mufasa" -Scar
Act 1, Scene V
"“The serpant that did sting thy father’s life, Now wears his crown” - Ghost of Hamlet Hakuna Matata
Act 2, Scene 2
“My excellent friends! How dost thou, Guildenstern? Ah, Rosencrantz! Good lads, how do you both?” - Hamlet “Yeah, but I pulled it off”
Act 2 Scene 2
“The play’s the thing wherin I’ll catch the conscience of the king” - Hamlet Nala and Simba argue
Act 3, Scene 1
“Go thee to a nunnery” - Hamlet Mufasa - “Run Simba, run away and never return.”
Act 1, scene iii
“Hamlet, this deed…for that which thou has done--- must send thee hence with fiery quickness.. to England” - Claudius Mufasa plans to kill Simba and Mufasa
Act 1, Scene vii
“If he be now returned, as checking at his voyage,and that he means no more to undertake it, I will work him to an exploit, now ripe in my devise under which he shall not choose but fall” - Claudius Simba fights Scar
Act v, Scene ii
"Here, though inscestuous, murderous, damned Dane, drink off this potion. Is thy union here? Follow my Mother.” - Hamlet Schwalm, Karen. "Patriarchy in the Pride Lands." 26 Apr. 1995. Online posting. Web Site. http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/~schwalm/lionking.html. World Wide Web. 2 Apr. 1998.

Harrison, G. B, ed. "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." Major British Writers. Harcourt, Brace, & World, Inc.: New York, 1959.

Eliot, T.S. "Hamlet." Elizabethan Essays. Haskell House: New York, 1964.

Brandes, Georg. "The Classic Tendency of the Tragedy." William Shakespeare, A Critical Study. 1898. Frederick Ungar Publishing Co: 1963.

Taymor, Julie. The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway. Hyperion: New York, 1997.

http://www.lionking.org/faq.html BIBLIOGRAPHY :D By, Veronica Doherty
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