Relationships Between Western And Western Culture

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Intertextual relationships between texts exist to influence a reader’s perception and add layers of depth to the texts’ meanings resulting in a heightened experience and a more significant comprehension of the texts’ ideas. Detecting such intertextual relationships between two wildly different texts; Walt Disney’s 1994 animated musical epic, The Lion King, and Studio Gainax’s 2007 animated mecha television series, Gurren Lagann, has enriched my understanding of the differences between the texts’ representation on the cultural issues of the bildungsroman genre (coming of age story). Despite the inherent differences between the two texts, originating from different countries, identifying the similarities, differences and changes in cultural…show more content…
Both the two texts follow the ‘The Hero’s Journey’ story structure (also known as a monomyth), featuring the distinct departure, initiation and return phases and many of the twelve steps associated, thereby establishing an intertextual link. Both main characters embark on a journey, witness the death of a significant role model, mature as they encounter various trials and triumph over their enemies, transforming into adults throughout the process. The Lion King’s story of Simba’s rise to succeed his father as king reflects western attitudes towards growing up and how maturing from a child into an adult is perceived: meeting the expectations of family and society, and accepting the responsibilities associated with adulthood. Unlike The Lion King where the film ends when the protagonist, Simba, has matured into an adult, Gurren Lagann follows its protagonist, Simon, throughout his entire life detailing phases of growth a person experiences. Following his story well beyond having matured into an adult, the show proceeds beyond his first major victory and shows his struggles against an unideal future. This continuation and expansion of the story beyond adulthood represents the eastern cultural attitude towards growing up that suggests a person’s growth doesn’t end at adulthood but
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