Lion King Character Analysis

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What’s In A Character? The Lion King is best known for its ironic characters. From Simba to Zazu, everyone has a favourite. Let’s take a look at the characters in the order that they appear in the film. Zazu As the king’s majordomo it is his job to see to everything in the name of the king. Seen as bossy and highly organised, Zazu is an early babysitter to Simba and Nala at the beginning of the film. Sarabi tells Simba and Nala, they can go to the watering hole as long as Zazu goes with them. Best Quote: “Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?” Mufasa The king of the Pridelands until his death, Mufasa was no-nonsense but loved his son. He was always at odds with his younger brother, Scar. Until his death, Mufasa tried to teach Simba, what he would need to know when he became king. Best Quote: “You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more.” Rafaki A baboon of few words, Rafaki is a long standing friend of Mufasa. Rafaki oversees the ‘spiritual’ aspects. Rafaki is also seen as humorous as he takes great pride in hitting Simba with his staff. He goes all kung-fu on the hyenas during the battle with Scar. He foresees Simba’s return to the Pridelands years after he was ‘exiled’ by hyenas. Best Quote: “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” Okay, so to the outside world, Rafaki is down right nutty and annoying and maybe a little creepy. However, his apparent nonsense is actually based on wisdom. Sarabi Even though we don’t see much of Sarabi in the film, she still plays an important role. She is Mufasa’s mate/wife, the mother of Simba and the sister-in-law of Scar. She is seen to maternal, kind and doesn’t like it when Scar talks poorly about Mufasa after his death. Best Quote: “It's over! There is nothing left! We have only one choice: We must leave Pride Rock!” Simba Simba first makes his appearance as a cub laying in the paws of his mother, Sarabi. He is presented to the kingdom as the heir of Pride Rock. Over the course of the film, Simba goes from being a cub determined to be a king. He becomes young adult wanting nothing to do with his past. He believed for years that he
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