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The Lion King and Hamlet
Transcript of The Lion King and Hamlet
Both are heroes.
Lose father to uncle.
Get visited by father's ghost.
Have the need to get revenge.
A tragic hero.
Goes insane after learning of his father's murder.
Starts in love and hides it instead of allowing it to show.
Not a tragic hero, just hero.
Matures through dealing with his father's murder.
Grows in love throughout story. Similar:
They are both the king's brother.
Jealous of brother's power.
Manipulative and controlling.
Tried to be friendly and involved with people.
Did not let anyone know of his murderous act.
Tries to take the place of the king.
Was hateful and controlling openly.
The hyenas knew and participated in the murder.
Tries to reinvent the position of king. Similar:
Object of attraction for main character.
Innocent; knew nothing of the king's death.
Rely on the main character to try to make things right.
Whiny and needy.
Obsessive about Hamlet.
Was manipulated into helping bring Hamlet down.
Had a sibling.
Father is a part of the story.
Strong-willed and stubborn.
Builds Simba up.
Father not evident in the story.
Wears the pants in the relationship. Similar:
Mother of main character/ hero.
Seems brainwashed by Claudius.
Obedient and passive.
Doesn't think for herself; goes with Claudius' plans.
Leads the lionesses.
Stands up for self, and will not give in to Scar's demands.
Stands by her son no matter what. Similar:
True friend of the main character.
Stands by friend's side through anything.
Advises friend in times of doubt.
Fulfill the same character requirements.
Timone and Pumbaa:
Big role in movie.
Very open and verbose.
Two of them. Similar:
Cared deeply for their son.
Seen more than once.
Demands that Hamlet take revenge on Claudius for murdering him.
Visits Hamlet with direct the purpose of getting him to take revenge.
Gives Hamlet a task.
Visits Simba in order to remind him of his job of being king.
Does not tell Simba who killed him.
Guides Simba to become who he should be. Similar:
"Thorn in the side character".
Consorts with Claudius to bring Hamlet down.
Not very loyal.
Loyal to Mufasa and his kingdom.
Protective of Simba and the kingdom.
Reports for the king.
Trusted more and independent. Similar:
Manipulated by the villain.
R and G:
Don't really know what they are working towards when working with Claudius; think they are helping.
Know about the task at hand.
Turn on Scar. Rafiki can't be compared to another character, necessarily, but, while Hamlet has his soliloquies where he is talking to himself, Rafiki is like that inner voice that is driving Simba throughout the story. Similarities of
the Plots The Ghost Scenes Act 1, Scene 5
Lines 14-27 GHOST:I am thy father’s spirit,doomed for a certain term to walk the night And for the day confined to fast in fires,till the foul crimes done in my days of nature are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid to tell the secrets of my prison house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres, thy knotted and combinèd locks to part and each particular hair to stand on end, like quills upon the fearful porpentine. But this eternal blazon must not be to ears of flesh and blood. List, list, O, list! If thou didst ever thy dear father love— The Fight Scene Act 5, Scene 2
Lines 309-311 King's Murders Act 1, Scene 5
Lines 59-70 Sleeping within my orchard, my custom always of the afternoon, upon my secure hour thy uncle stole with juice of cursed hebenon in a vial, and in the porches of my ears did pour the leperous distilment, whose effect holds such an enmity with blood of man that swift as quicksilver it courses through the natural gates and alleys of the body and with a sudden vigor doth posset and curd, like eager droppings into milk, the thin and wholesome blood. So did it mine. Ghost: Archetypes Definition: "Certain images or ideas that reside in the subconscious of all people." Archetypes in Hamlet Snow- as the plot intensifies the snow gets heavier. This could be a symbol for purification of evil and craziness. It could also mean that characters are becoming more insane and blank with emotion. The Hero- Hamlet is considered the hero, because he fulfills a task set before him. He is a tragic hero, because he ends up dying from his need to fulfill the task of getting revenge for the murder of his father. The unfaithful wife- Gertrude married the king's brother very shortly after the king's death. The damsel in distress-Ophelia is used to get at Hamlet. She is not ever in need of Hamlet saving her, but she is used to get at him and it leads to her suicide. The Ghost- acts as a supernatural thing that works to exploit the evil doers. The task- the thing that has to be done due to the direction of some superhuman being. Winter= death-all of hamlet is placed in the winter, and everyone dies... plain and simple. Archetypes in The Lion King Red VS. Black= love vs. evil. Mufasa lead his kingdom with love and respect for all of the animals that were part of it. Meanwhile, Scar leads the kingdom with greed and evil thought. Mufasa’s mane is red. Scar’s mane is black. Gold= Majesty and wealth. While living in the wild, the lions do compete over food. Mufasa and Simba, who are a golden brown, always have their needs provided for, and are the rightful kings which gives them wealth and majesty. Scar is not gold colored and never has a need met. Vegetation Vs. Dirt = life Vs. death and devastation. While Mufasa and Simba are king, the area is full of life and working well. While Scar is in charge, things turn bad and run into devastation because he abused the land. Rain= change. Every time it rained it meant a shift in the storyline. It rained when Simba was growing up, after Mufasa died, and when Simba took his place as king of the Pride Lands. Fire= regrowth. There is a fire at the end of the movie showing that Scar is no longer in power and that there will be new power. It also burns off all the old and puts in the new. Themes Theme: Power On the quest to become king, Claudius/ Scar ended up losing all of it out of greed and a mishap in the plan. Hamlet/Simba figured it out and tried to get back what was theirs. Theme: Revenge Out of Spite,Hamlet/Simba wanted to take revenge on their uncle. Simba triumphed and recieved what was rightfully his. Meanwhile, Hamlet died in pursuit of his revenge. Both charaters learned from their revenge. Hamlet learned at the very end of his life, but Simba learned from Rafiki. Theme: Pursuit of Action Hamlet had opportunities to fulfill his plan, but did not, because he was unsure and he did not want to send his uncle to Heaven. Simba never knew that he needed to have a plan until Nala came and told him about Scar. It was after Nala told him that Simba decided to get back what was his and made a plan to do so.
Both Characters were hesitant until they had all of the information to follow through with their coarse of action. Conclusion Thesis: Shakespeare's stories can be seen in everyday media.
Hence, Hamlet and The Lion King!