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Copy of Appearance vs. Reality

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Natalie Parente

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Appearance vs. Reality
Scar becomes king
Despite the fact that Scar plotted against his brother and is the sole reason for his dealth, he puts on an innocent front, claiming the thrown.
From a young age Simba displays a sense of invincibility. Developed by his curiosity and position, he feels the need to be brave. Despite his talk, he proves to be fearful in the face of danger when in the Outlands.
Simba confesses to thinking he killed Mufasa, while Scar is then forced to admit his truths behind Mufasas death. Hidden truths and revealed by both characters.
Claudius: Fear
~Claudius is a corrupt politician whose main weapon is his ability to manipulate others through his skillful use of language. Claudius’s speech is compared to poison being poured in the ear, the method he used to murder Hamlet’s father. Claudius’s mounting fear of Hamlet’s insanity leads him to ever greater self-preoccupation; when Gertrude tells him that Hamlet has killed Polonius, Claudius does not remark that Gertrude might have been in danger, but only that he would have been in danger had he been in the room.
In Act III, scene iii, Hamlet finally seems ready to put his desire for revenge into action. He is satisfied that the play has proven his uncle’s guilt. When Claudius prays, the audience is given real certainty that Claudius murdered his brother: a full, spontaneous confession, even though nobody else hears it. This only heightens our sense that the climax of the play is due to arrive. But Hamlet waits.
Guilt & Regret
(aside) O, 'tis true!
How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience!
The harlot's cheek, beautied with plastering art,
Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it
Than is my deed to my most painted word:
O heavy burden! (3.1.49-53)
By: Mikaela Shannon & Natalie Parente
The Lion King & Hamlet
What is Appearance vs. Reality?
Appearance versus reality is the difference between what you fantasize in your mind and what you actually see.
Hamlet and Simba, who are protagonists, share the same reaction to similar experiences. Both became severely depressed after the death of their father, who was murdered by the power seeking uncles and encounter visions/hallucinations of their fathers. They put their duties on hold while wrestling with the overwhelming guilt and knowledge. Later on in the movie, they were able to conquer their fears, and bring justice to the kingdom.
Compare & Contrast
The lion king and hamlet deal with leading a kingdom. The royal families have one brother who is willing to kill the king for power. the characters of Lion King and Hamlet are similar. Images of the supernatural play a key role. The brothers of the king become murderers and makes a drastic change towards the kingdom.
Character Comparisons
Polonius and Zazu are teh second most powerful people in the kingdom that are not part of the royal family. Both posses an air of arrogance, and delight in gossiping. Hamlet and Simba, at any chance they can get, tease these two because they have no respect for them at all.
Claudius and Scar are the antagonists in each film. Out of greed, jealousy, and selfishness, they murder their own brothers. In return, they gain the crown, the queen, and the power. Both feel no sense of remorse for their actions since they are not willing to give up what they have gained through unsavory actions.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern
Laughing Hyenas
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are similar to the laughing Hyenas. They're both employed by the kings to kill the next heir (Simba and Hamlet). Unfortunately, they're unreliable to do so. Hamlet is too smart to step into Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's trap. The hyenas aren't smart enough to kill Simba.
“Seems,” madam? Nay, it is. I know not “seems.”
’Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,
Nor customary suits of solemn black,
Nor windy suspiration of forced breath,
No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,
Nor the dejected havior of the visage,
Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief,
That can denote me truly.

~Hamlet (1.2.79)

This quote expands Hamlet’s character and provides some insight into his feelings; he seems to be depressed by the complexity of his thoughts of recent events.







"How can I go back? I'm not who I used to be."
This quote expresses Simba's fear to accept responsibilities and trauma after the death of his father.


Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

-They appear to be friends with royal court
-They appear to be there to help/visit Hamlet
"Besides to be demanded as a sponge"
~Act IV. Scene ii.

-Their actually there to get a reward from the king
-They are using Hamlet to get the reward
"Ay, sir that soaks up the King's countenance"
~Act IV. Scene ii.


-Guilty & Naive
-Easily manipulated

-Appears to be a loyal servant to his kingdom
-Appears to be a trustworthy father who is happy, caring, and supportive to his son, Laertes.
-Asks Ophelia to end her relationship with Hamlet, telling her not to trust him, as father's advice

-Selfish & Evil
-Not concerned about his kingdom but his own comforts.
-Lies about his trust for his son by sending a spy to watch him
-He is only using his daughter to boycott Hamlet

-Innocent and upset about his brother's death at front of Hamlet
-Investigates the reason of Hamlets madness for the betterment of Hamlet
-Ostensibly send Hamlet to England to get him away of punishment

-Kills his brother King Hamlet and marries with his sister-in-law for his ambition of acquiring the crown of King Denmark
-Fears from Hamlet's awareness (reason of investigating Hamlet's madness)
-Takes a precaution of sending him to England because he feels threatened by Hamlet's behavior
-Writes a letter to the King of England to kill Hamlet
"Yet must not we put the strong law upon him, he's loved of the distracted multitude"
~Act IV. Scene iii.

-Appears to be insane and depresses, uses his madness to manipulate and deceive the other characters
-Pretends to be insane due to the ignorance and rejection of Ophelia
-Takes advantage of his insanity to avenge his father's wrongful killing
-He is deeply hurt by Ophelia, but he uses it to an advantage
-He is carrying out his master plan while he is showing his madness to deceive others

-seems confident


-Naive & gullible


-Intelligent and talkative

Comparisons between Simba and Hamlet are nearly endless:
their royal positions
relationships with both their father’s and uncles
the few companions they both share,
any aspect of their actions to move along the same general plotline.
The ghost of Hamlet’s father who informs Hamlet of his uncle’s treachery is matched by Mufasa’s image appearing to a confused and conflicted Simba to tell him to assume the throne, which would require the ousting of Uncle Scar.
Both delay reactions of revenging their fathers deaths
My fault is past. But O, what form of prayer
Can serve my turn? Forgive me my foul murder?
That cannot be, since I am still possess'd
Of those effects for which I did the murder,
My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen. (3.4.52-55)
~Claudius is not a total sociopath, devoid of moments of guilt and regret. His deeds, on occasion, weigh heavy on his heart

-Spy's on Simba


-Caring, accommodating and Wise uncle to Simba
-Appears to always be telling the truth
-Strong leader and ruler


-Selfish and vengeful
-Willing to kill someone to become king
-Doesn't know how to run the kingdom and causes many problems



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