The Madness Inside, or Outside Hamlet

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One of the most controversial pieces of Hamlet is whether Hamlet’s madness is real or if he is faking it. If his madness isn’t real, and he is feigning it, it opens up the idea that he is using his madness as a distraction in order to divert attention from his true actions of killing Claudius. In The Lion King, Simba doesn’t have any of his own madness, but his friends Timone and Pumba supply him with some of their own. Timone and Pumba are Hamlet’s madness, but instead of Simba being mad himself, it is projected onto others. Timone and Pumba help Simba push the death of his father out of his mind, help him push the thoughts of his own death out of his mind, and help create a distraction for him realize his destiny of taking his rightful …show more content…
This may be prolonged due to the fact that during the time that his father has died and now mother had already remarried. It isn’t until he decides to act mad that he can finally push past his father’s death. If his madness truly was an act then his mind was busy thinking up his unique sentence that confused those around him. In The Lion King the death of Mufasa occurs in the story. After Simba escapes his own death after witnessing his father’s, he finds the madness much faster. When he finds Timone and Pumba they immediately attempt to change his way of thinking by telling Simba “Hakuna Matata,” (Allers & Minkoff, 43). Once Timone and Pumba introduce Hakuna Matata to him, he is freed of his past he is no longer concerned about where he came from, but instead only with what is coming. As Timone put it “You got to put your past behind you.” (43). If Simba could push past his father’s death, he could make it through anything. The madness brought peace to both characters, it helped them move on with their lives. Without the madness they may have met an early demise.
In The Lion King, Simba runs away after his uncle tries to have him killed. After that he just doesn’t want to go on, his dad had just died, and he believed it was his fault. Simba just wants to give up on life, so when Timone asks, “Hey where ya going?” Simba replies, “Nowhere.” (42). Simba just wanted
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