Disney's The Lion King Essay

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The Lion King
“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance, and respect all the creatures from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope,” said Mufasa, a supporting character in the film depiction of Walt Disney’s: The Lion King (1994). The Lion King is a timeless archetypal work that time after time has given youth hope and has shown them that courage is not always innate, but can be learned from just living life with a little “hakuna matata”. The Lion King, through the use of classic archetype, vivid surrealism, and iconic symbolism, shows a coming to age story that shows children that life is an adventure worth the trouble. The Hero’s Journey is an archetype that has been
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The Lion King
“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance, and respect all the creatures from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope,” said Mufasa, a supporting character in the film depiction of Walt Disney’s: The Lion King (1994). The Lion King is a timeless archetypal work that time after time has given youth hope and has shown them that courage is not always innate, but can be learned from just living life with a little “hakuna matata”. The Lion King, through the use of classic archetype, vivid surrealism, and iconic symbolism, shows a coming to age story that shows children that life is an adventure worth the trouble. The Hero’s Journey is an archetype that has been used literary works and film alike for ages. The Lion King is a work that leads in the front of the pack when depicting this archetype. Simba is called to this journey at fates mercy, when his father Mufasa is unbeknownst to him, murdered by Simba’s uncle, Scar. Through a series of unfortunate events, Simba is cast out on a journey in which leads him to meet his wise mentors, Timon and Pumbaa. The viewer gets to see baby Simba grow into a fearsome but compassionate Lion. Timon and Pumbaa only further complemented what Mufasa was trying to achieve before his death. Simba has his call to adventure when his childhood friend Nala reaches out to him to let him know that the Pride is in trouble. We see that Simba is now grown up because he views
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