The Biggest Influence On The Lion King Hamlet Or The Epic Of Son Jara?

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The Lion King is Disney's most successful movie to date. Many believe that the Lion King is Disney's only original movie; the only movie not previously a fairy tale from one country or another. In fact, The Lion King is in on based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Disney writers conceal the basic character archetypes and simplified storyline in a children's tale of cute lions in Africa. On the other hand William Shakespeare’s Hamlet was based on the Epic of Son-Jara or Sundiata. This lead to the debate is the Lion King based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet or the West African story, the Epic of Son Jara. Simba, Hamlet, and Son-Jara are all heroes in their own story. All of them must take on a villain that knew very well, but who does Simba’s journey resemble the most Does Simba represent Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, or Son-Jara, the lion king.
The characters in The Lion King closely resemble the characters in Hamlet. Simba, the main character in The Lion King, embodies Hamlet. Simba and Hamlet are the son of kings and both are the rightful heirs to the throne. “By pairing the play Hamlet with the Disney movie, The Lion King, students discover that both Hamlet and Simba represent the mythical archetype of exiled child whose role is to restore world order and who has an heroic task. Students also realize that they too are unique individuals on heroic journeys.”(Gavin 55) Hamlet and Simba, when he was a lion cub, were banished from their homes. Simba exiled himself because he believed that he killed his own father but, it was in fact his uncle scar that killed him. Hamlet, on the under hand, was sent off to college by his uncle Claudius. Claudius became the king of Denmark after death of Hamlet’s father. Claudius believed that Hamlet played a hand in the death of Polonius. Claudius could not have Hamlet killed in public because Hamel was well liked by the people. Both Simba’s and Hamlet’s fathers were killed by their jealous brothers.
Scar and Claudius, the uncles, then proceeded to try to kill Simba and Hamlet so that they would not be able to come back and challenge then for the throne. Simba and Hamlet both escaped death. King “By letters conjuring to that effect, the present death of Hamlet. Do It, England; for like the hectic in my blood he rages, and thou must cure me; till I know ‘tis done, Howe’er my haps, my joys were ne’er begun ” (Simon 1844)
While away from their homes, Simba and Hamlet saw both saw the ghost of their fathers. The fathers say about the same thing to their sons. They saw son you are the rightful ruler go and take your rightful place. The final push for the princes to go back came from their best friends. Simba has his childhood friend and love interest Nala while Hamlet has Horatio. Near the end of the play and movie, the uncles attempt to follow through with killing their nephews. In Hamlet, Claudius attempts to poison Hamlet, just as he poisoned Hamlet’s father. In The Lion King, Scar again tries to push Simba off of a...

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