Morality In The Lion King

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The Lion King: Simba’s Journey Towards Sanity and Morality
Walt Disney’s The Lion King opens with a magnificent introduction to the forthcoming King of the Pride Lands, providing the audience with an impression of the intriguing journey that is on the verge of unfolding. As the story progresses, it becomes evident that Simba is in the midst of a quest. Such evidence is portrayed in the film through his possession of heroic qualities, such as courage, love, and perseverance. In addition, the process of undergoing trials, receiving aid, fighting enemies, and succeeding at attaining the treasure sought, contributes towards sanity and morality within him (Myth of a Quest: an Archetype). Therefore, in the film The Lion King, Simba’s journey would be considered a quest for sanity and morality since throughout the film the main character deals with a darker evil side, comes to terms with some kind of personal integration and reaches a self-understanding.
In the beginning of the narrative, a portrayal of various characters and their relationships with Simba demonstrates their contribution towards Simba’s ability to comprehend the existence of a darker, evil side. First, the jealousy emanated by the antagonist, Scar, towards the position that Mufasa upholds in the kingdom, provides an insight to the evil Simba faces. Consequently, as a young child, Simba understands the difference between good and evil through the juxtaposition manifested in the behaviour of both his father and

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