Philosophy in the Lion King Essay

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Kat Koster Mr. Hoskins Apologetics 12-9-12 The Philosophy of The Lion King The Lion King is a classic movie, beloved by many. On the surface, this movie seems to be a light-hearted, carefree tale of a lion cub’s journey to justice. However, on taking a deeper look, one finds that the tale consists of conflicting worldviews and philosophies, while presenting the idea of destiny. But which religions and philosophies is it portraying? Let us take a closer look. Some would argue that Christianity is the mainly presented religion in the Lion King. After studying many different religious and worldviews, one can see that there a many different religious overtones. All these religions seem to collide in a sort of New Age impression. It…show more content…
Scar, the brother of Mufasa, is the antagonist. He is depicted as the evil force which must be overcome. On the other hand, Mufasa is the emblem of good and hope, which will eventually become Simba. When Simba flees after being convinced, by Scar, that he is now a murderer, Scar comes to power. We see his evil and destructive ways affecting the lives and condition of the entire animal kingdom. After experiencing a sort of vision of his father, Simba returns to redeem his rightful place as ruler and restore things to moral. This is easily comparable to Christianity, as Father God sent his Son, Jesus, to atone humanity. But there is only apparent moral wrong, rather than transgression against a divine law. Though corruption and evil is present, there is no blatant example of sin as defined by God. One of the key elements in the Lion King is the idea of afterlife. Near the beginning of the movie Mufasa describes the circle of life by physical means. He informs that though they eat the antelope, when they, the lions, die, their bodies turn to the grass which the antelope, in turn, eat. This shows what happens to the physical body after death, but what about the spirit? Later in the movie, Simba is lead to a clearing in which a Mufasa returns in the form of a storm. The “Mufasa cloud” speaks to Simba. The idea that the soul goes somewhere after death is obvious. However, the after death location of the soul is
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