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Themes from Hamlet and the Lion King
Transcript of Themes from Hamlet and the Lion King
The Lion King
and Hamlet Ellie
Gabriel Are Deceiving Appearances... Horatio is loyal to Hamlet like Nala is loyal to Simba Scar and Claudius appear caring and humble when they accept the throne. Kings' deaths are
accidental Scar cares for hyenas as Claudius cares for Laertes Scar and Claudius revel in the fact that they are now king Scar and Claudius murdered their respective brothers The hyenas and Laertes are being used by the uncles' for their dirty work. Horatio is loyal to Hamlet, like when he follows the instructions Hamlet wrote in his letter (136). Nala helps Simba take back the prideland Nala is reprentitive of both Ophelia and Horatio, because she is both Simba's mate and best friend. She is more assertive than Ophelia, as seen when she tells Simba to go back to the prideland. Hamlet only trusts Horatio while Simba
trusts Nala, Timon, and Pumba Timon and Pumba represent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, but they are trustworthy while Hamlet's "friends" are not. If Timon and Pumba's characters matched up with those from Hamlet, they would be spies for Scar. Instead they aid Simba in oppostion of Scar. Changes in the theme's development Hamlet has Rosencrantz and Guildenstern killed because he can't trust them (162). Ophelia's character in The Lion King is likely presented as strong to encourage the idea that women can have an impact. Timon and Pumba are likely presented as loyal instead of spies in an attempt to promote the ideas of friendship and helping others in the audience of small children Trust and Friendship Serabi is loyal to Mufasa, while Gertrude is Loyal to Claudius. The Revenge story lines of Laertes and Fortinbras are left out to simplify the story line Hamlet wants full revenge for his father's death Loyalty and
Revenge Hamlet and Simba are both loyal to their fathers This is seen when Serabi stands up to Scar. This change in development promotes the mother figure in young children and eliminates the idea of incest presented in Hamlet. Simba doesn't want to kill Scar, he just wants him to leave forever. Simba says he isn't like Scar This development change is made to insure that the idea of killing others is not promoted Changes in presentation are made because children can't be exposed to drunkenness or incest. "The King doth wake tonight and takes his rouse,keeps wassail, and the swagg'ring upspring reels (29)" Scar's corruption is represented by association with Hyenas and the Prideland's demise, while Claudius's is seen in drunkenness, incest, and the lack of respect for Denmark. Power and Corruption "Makes us traduced and taxed of other nations (29)" Both new Kings want power denied by their order of birth. Seen when Hamlet doesn't kill Claudius (103) Talks a lot, but doesn't act Hamlet is notorious for inaction. "Hakuna Matata" Simba is worried that the Pride will hate him. Simba doesn't
take action for most of the movie Differences arise because Simba doesn't know Scar killed Mufasa until the end of the movie, and because he doesn't want to kill Scar Decisiveness and Inactivity The