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The Journey in The Lion King and Macbeth

A multimedia essay comparing the film The Lion King and the play Macbeth. Enjoy!
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Nadine Cortez

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Transcript of The Journey in The Lion King and Macbeth

For a story to have "
the Journey
" as a theme, a character must first run away to avoid their problems, which is exactly what Simba and Malcolm did.
The
time period
between when a character
runs away
and
returns back home
is the time period where the character
realizes that they must face their past
in order to save their kingdom.
The return back home is the
end of the journey
for the characters. This is when they make it back just in time to
save their kingdom
and
restore peace.
In
The Lion King
, Simba returns because he heard that Scar has taken over the land with the hyenas.
A Multimedia Essay
By: Nadine Cortez

It doesn't matter if it's a movie or a book, but all stories have a theme. More specifically, though, an
archetypal theme.

little bit more understandable.
An
archetype
can be a
symbol, image, or motif

that appears time after time in a
piece of literature. This certain
archetype will be able to define
a c
haracter, a symbol or a theme
as
a typical example
so that that
piece of literature will become a
Although
archetypes
make each literature unique, themes allow us to compare and contrast the plot of two stories.
What makes their
theme
the Journey
is the fact that both
Simba
, from
The Lion King
, and
Malcolm,
from
Macbeth
,
ran away from their past only to realize that they must return back home to save their kingdom.
Take
The Lion King
and
Macbeth
for example, their archetypal theme is "
the Journey
.
"
from it." (The Lion King)
relates to both characters
way I see it, you can either run from it or learn
The quote
"Ah yes, the past can hurt. But the
returning back home because that is what encouraged
them to face the truth.
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The Journey in The Lion King & Macbeth
The reason Simba ran away was because Scar, his uncle, forced Simba to believe that he had killed his own father by creating a stampede.


And because Simba was scared of what his mother would say, Scar said
"Run away, Simba. Run. Run away, and never return!"
which gave him a reason to run from his past.
However, what he did not realize was that Scar only did this so that he could reign as king, and not Simba or his father, Mufasa. This was the beginning of Simba's journey.
As for
Malcolm
, he ran away with his brother, Donalbain, to
England
because their father was murdered and were afraid that they would be murdered too.
Macduff shared this news with Ross by saying
whilst suspecting that the king's death was their fault.
"Malcolm and Donalbain, the king's two sons, Are stol'n away and fled..."
(2.4.31-32)
the king is dead,
and chaos will arrive soon.
Malcolm has fled to England,
So by now,
This was the beginning of Malcolm's journey.
As ugly as truth is, he knew he was the only one who could restore peace in his kingdom, so he said,
(4.3. 119-134)
Being the former king's son, Malcolm is the only trustworthy gentleman who could save England.
"Devilish Macbeth By many of these trains hath sought to win me into his power, and modest wisdom plucks me From overcredulous haste...What I am truly, Is thine and my poor country's to command."
Malcolm had this moment of realization when Macduff was trying to convince him to return back to Scotland.
And of course,
Simba
had a moment of realization as well, but with the help of an old friend.
After being away from home for a long time, he had no idea what was going on until Nala, an old friend, found him and persuaded him to go back to save him kingdom.
It took a while, but when he was finally fully convinced, he said,
"I've finally got some sense knocked into me, and I've got the bump to prove it. Besides, this is my kingdom. If I don't fight for it, who will?"
And finally, after remembering their
responsibilities
, Malcolm and Simba make their trip back home.
He decided to go back after he heard the "the past can hurt speech" from the baboon. When this happened, the only thing he said was
"I'm going back!"
Simba was then able to save his kingdom by defeating Scar.
In
Macbeth
, Malcolm was able to save his kingdom from Macbeth himself by gathering an army with Macduff.
"Be ’t their comfort We are coming thither. Gracious England hath Lent us good Siward and ten thousand men;..."
To motivate and comfort the others while preparing for battle, Malcolm said,
(4.3.191-193)
They then fought against Macbeth's army and soon earned Scotland back when Macbeth is killed.
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These quotations have been chosen to illustrate this theme because they are not only explaining the event that is occurring but they are also said by an actual character so that the theme will come to life.
The chosen media helped illustrate this theme by giving the viewers a visual of the event as well as an audio so that the event that reflects on the theme will be seen and/or heard in action.
The theme can be connected to many other stories outside both works, but the novel
The Catcher in the Rye
is very relatable. With Holden Caulfield leaving school early, walking around New York city away from everybody and then going back home to face reality, the situation is very similar to
The Lion King
and Malcolm's part in
Macbeth.
Conclusion
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