Lion King vs. Hamlet

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Lucas Verde Dr. Arendt ENG4U -2 26 January 2015 Hakuna Matata? That is the Question A mother says to her young child, “Honey, come downstairs and watch Hamlet!” A statement which might sound ludicrous at first, is in reality, more sensible than one might think. Since 1994, The Lion King has been a must-see film for children all around the world. Its 8.5 rating on IMDB lists it alongside of some of the greatest movies ever made. Children’s movies that were released around this time were all shallow and simplistic. The reason why The Lion King was so successful is because it was an unexpected and pleasant anomaly. The Lion King is a story of responsibility and revenge, masked by a setting that is known to be appealing to children.…show more content…
Scar and Claudius were both represented as cowards. Examples of this lie in the murders of their brothers. Being physically and morally weak, Scar killed Mufasa at a time where he was defenseless, begging for scar to save him, seconds away from death. The same goes for Claudius, as he poisoned King Hamlet as he was sleeping. Comparisons between the deaths of these two characters can be made as well. The poisoned chalice in which Claudius originally used to try to kill Hamlet, resulted in the cause of his own death. Hamlet forced Claudius to drink the cup and said “Here, thou incestuous, murderous, damnèd Dane, Drink off this potion. Is thy union here? Follow my mother” (5.2.355-59). In The Lion King, Scar used the hyenas to try to kill Simba, but it was the hyenas who ultimately took Scar’s life to revenge how they were treated. On the surface, it would appear as if the comparable characters to Hamlet’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern would be Simba’s friends Timone and Pumba. However, that was not the case. The hyenas were in fact the modern representation of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. This was due to the fact that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in reality were not true friends of Hamlet. The reason why they appear in the play was not because they were concerned for Hamlet’s well-being, it was because they were hired and paid by the King and Queen, as shown in 2.2: KING. The
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