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The Lion King & Hamlet

Summative Performance Task; By: Ryan Sandarage; Teacher: Brian Archibald; Course: ENG4U

Ryan Sandarage

on 25 July 2013

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Transcript of The Lion King & Hamlet

This movie was the highest grossing hand-drawn films ever at $951 million.
- the Pride Lands of Africa
- Simba, a lion prince born to King Mufasa & Queen Sarabi of the Pride Lands
- Scar, younger and envious brother of Mufasa, murders Mufasa and forces Simba into "exile"
- After the murder of King Mufasa the Pride Lands turn into a dystopia and Simba must return to restore order and completing the "Circle of Life."

Simba & Prince Hamlet
Both are kings of their respective kingdoms and rule with benevolence and taking great responsibility.
Character Development
For Simba it is to complete the "Circle of Life"
Ghosts & Spirits
What impact do you think Shakespeare's literature has had on today's society?

What are some other examples of this?
Mufasa & King Hamlet
They both also confess to their crimes which serve as additional parallel between the characters.
Scar & Claudius
Do any of these characters remind you of characters in Hamlet? Why?
- Simba's Mother
Lady Gertrude
In the Walt Disney movie, The Lion King, this media product states that the dysfunction of society and nature is a result of corruption in the divine and moral order, the "Circle of Life."
Cause & Effect
- King Mufasa is killed by his envious brother Scar and forces Simba in hiding becoming King of the Pride Lands.
Comparison & Contrast
The Lion King uses comparison and contrast to represent the differences between the benevolent King Mufasa & Simba versus the malevolent brother & uncle, Scar.
Colour & Light
The thematic connections between Hamlet and The Lion King involve how the disruption of the moral and nature order can lead to deterioration of society.
as Lady Gertrude
Timon & Pumbaa
- Simba's friends
as Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

as Ophelia
- Simba's friend & wife
- King's advisor
as Polonius
- wise old mandrill
as Horatio
- Scar's "henchman"
as Laertes
Who else could he represent?
How many of you here today have watched The Lion King?
Characters, themes and even symbols are based on Hamlet.
This story of The Lion King draws a lot from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
The Lion King serves as one the most memorable movies for children in the nineties.
- makes great use of colour and lighting in the film to convey genuine and earnest feeling; overall tone
Thank you for listening!
- Scar allows the hyenas to enter the Pride Lands causing a disruption in the society as hyenas over exploit the resources leaving no food or water.
The Lion King uses cause and effect when looking at the change of the ruling king and its effect on the moral and natural order of the Pride Lands
is a righteous, wise, and benevolent leader, but admirably powerful and courageous as well; Pride Lands are in state of utopia under his rule.
is antagonist of the film; malevolent and envious brother of Mufasa who plots to seize the throne. After murdering Mufasa and sending Simba into hiding the Pride Lands turns to a dystopia.
Sanguine & Nostalgic
- use of bright and vibrant colours such green and blue to depict the utopian state of Pride Rock
Melancholic & Cynical
- use of darker earthy tones contrasts with bright reds, oranges, and yellows give the feeling of futility and conflict
The theme topic of delayed action/revenge makes an appearance in both stories.
In Hamlet's case it is to avenge his father's death.
For Simba it is to complete the "Circle of Life" by becoming king.
After the murder of each respective king it leads to a disruption in the moral and natural order, causing unrest within their respective kingdoms.
Both Hamlet and Simba serves as protoganists whose fathers were murdered by their uncle and their uncles then assuming the throne.
In the end both seek vengeance for their father's death and succeed but delay in doing so.
They struggle to come to terms with their fathers' death and enter a state of melancholy.
When King Hamlet is murdered the supernatural occurrences and deterioration of morals due to the disruption divine order caused by Claudius' envy and malevolence in assuming power.
Similarly, with King Mufasa’s death, the Pride Lands turn from being a utopia to dystopia. This caused by the disruption in the "Circle of Life" by Scar unlawfully taking power of the Pride Lands.
Both are the main antagonists who kills their brother to take power of the throne, before their nephews.
After taking control of their kingdoms they falls into disorder through betrayal and treachery.
Both kings seek to kill their nephews to prevent themselves from being overthrown by them.
In each respective story the fathers of the protagonists appear as a apparition
Both tells their sons to seek vengeance/action in some form.
For Hamlet it is executing King Claudius
"Everything you see exists in a delicate. As king you to understand that balance, and respect all the creatures."
- King Mufasa to Simba
Now looking back on the connection between Fortinbras and Simba, which do you believe Fortinbras or Hamlet is a better parallel to Simba?
Why do you think we painstakingly study Shakespearean today? Do like it?
Work Cited
Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. New Folger's ed. New York: Washington Square Press/Pocket Books, 1992. Print.

The Lion King. Dir. Roger Allers. Perf. Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc., 1994. DVD.
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