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Macbeth vs The Lion King

Archetypal Theme: Good vs Evil
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Joanie Dunlop

on 27 July 2014

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Macbeth vs The Lion King
Good vs Evil
A common archetypal theme found in both
Macbeth
and
The Lion King
is good vs evil. In Shakespeare's play
Macbeth
, Macbeth represents the evil through his selfish actions and other characters such as King Duncan, Banquo and Macduff represent the good through their counteracting actions. In
The Lion King
Scar represents the evil through his egotistic desires. Facing, Simba is the main character in The Lion King that represents the good.
by: Joanie Dunlop
Macbeth
Shakespeare's
Macbeth
is about a man named Macbeth who heard from three witches that he would, one day, have Scotland's throne. Macbeth did not know how this would come true so with convincing from Lady Macbeth he first murdered the king, and then, with the help of hired murderers, anyone who would come in his way to the throne. In the end, Macduff, who the witches warned Macbeth of, killed Macbeth.
The Lion King

The Lion King
is about a young lion, Simba, who was born as the Prince of the Pride Lands (anywhere the light touches). He was told by his father, Mufasa, that when he died he would become King of the Pride Lands. Scar, Mufasa's evil brother, that would have been next in line for king had it not been for Simba, killed Mufasa. He put the blame on Simba and Simba ran away thinking everyone would believe it. Simba came back years later and killed Scar after he ruined everything to become king.
"So, thanks to all at once and to each one,
Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.”
(8.5.76-77)

This line in
Macbeth
expresses Macduff inviting everyone to his celebration as Malcolm will be crowned King of Scotland. It ultimately delivers the message that good has overcome evil. Similarly, in
The Lion King
, Simba celebrates when Scar is killed and he is crowned King of the Pride Lands (everything the light touches). These celebratory times in both
Macbeth
and
The Lion King
represent that good has defeated evil.
"People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies."
-Miguel Angel Ruiz
This quote about good and evil by Miguel Angel Ruiz relates to both
Macbeth
and
The Lion King
because the overall play or story throughout the film is not good or evil but the actions and lies of the people in them show good or evil. For example, Macbeth's murders and lies regarding them show evil in
Macbeth
. In
The Lion King
, Scar's evil murder of Mufasa and placing the blame on Simba represents the evil.
"All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" (1.3.49-51)
This line from
Macbeth
reveals evil in
Macbeth
and good in
The Lion King
. In
Macbeth
it reveals the evil of the witches and their predictions that Macbeth will be king. After hearing these predictions, Macbeth becomes self-centered and evil in his actions. Likewise, in
The Lion King
, Mufasa tells Simba that he will be the King of the Pride Lands one day although this is good, not evil, because it is the truth not a prediction from an evil source and Simba will be a good and fair ruler.
"I am settled, and bend up
Each corporal agent to this terrible feat." (1.7.79-80)
This quote from
Macbeth
depicts Macbeth's exceedingly evil action when he decides that he will kill Duncan for the throne. This scene is relative to that in
The Lion King
when Scar decides that he will kill Mufasa so that he may become King of the Pride Lands. Each of these scenes show evil at their most raw moments throughout the stories.
"Away, and mock the time with fairest show. False face must hide what the false heart doth know."
-Macbeth (1.7.81-83)
This quote from
Macbeth
shows evil betrayal. Macbeth is telling Lady Macbeth to go and pretend to be a friendly hostess as he finishes his plots to murder King Duncan. Similarly, in
The Lion King
, Scar betrays his brother Mufasa by killing him. Everyone thinks that Scar is good and not evil although he was plotting to kill Mufasa so he could be King of the Pride Lands.
"I have no words. My voice is in my sword. Thou bloodier villain than terms can give thee out!" (5.8.7-9)
This line from
Macbeth
depicts when Macduff has come back to kill Macbeth. He has returned so that he can kill Macbeth so that Malcolm can be the King of Scotland because he will be a better ruler than Macbeth. It is similar to the time in
The Lion King
when Simba finally decides to return to kill Scar after he is no longer afraid. This line represents good in both
Macbeth
and
The Lion King
when the rightful rulers are finally returning.
Conclusion
In the end, good has overcome evil. I chose
Macbeth
and
The Lion King
because they each had a universal, archetypal theme of good vs evil. After the evil witches, betrayals and murders in
Macbeth
, good prevailed over evil and ended in celebration of the new king. In
The Lion King
, the lies, betrayal and murders led to the positive ending of a king returning to rule the Pride Lands.
The visuals chosen throughout this presentation portrayed different scenes throughout
Macbeth
and
The Lion King
which overall portrayed good vs evil. Good and evil is everywhere throughout the world today even if it a small event such as an argument between two people.
"It was, so please your highness." (3.1.77)
This line in
Macbeth
is when Macbeth meets murderers whom he has hired to kill Banquo. He explains to them that Banquo is the root of their problems and he must be killed. This shows the evil of Macbeth and the extent he will go to to keep the throne. This is similar to the time in
The Lion King
when Scar told Simba that Mufasa's death was his fault and that he should run away.
Works Cited
Shakespeare Macbeth Custom Soundtrack Project:
http://tinyurl.com/mkb7eam

Intro Circle of Life:
http://tinyurl.com/may8e2h
Enter Three Witches (Music for Macbeth):
http://tinyurl.com/kqp7p9q
DUN-DUN-DUUUUN!!! Sound Effect:
http://tinyurl.com/coz5ubl
Everything the Light Touches:
http://tinyurl.com/m7lb922
Works Cited
Shakespeare's Macbeth Play:
Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Ed. Rex Gibson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Print.

Disney's The Lion King Film:
Director: Roger Allers , Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones - Disney – 1994

*Images from Google Images
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