Analysis Of ' The Lion King ' Essay

1468 Words Oct 8th, 2015 6 Pages
The taking of cultural narratives and providing a new interpretation for a modern audience has become a common practice in literature, theatre, and other disciplines of art. This concept, known as Reception History, can be exhibited in works ranging from Bernstein’s musical “West Side Story”, to the animated Disney classic film “The Lion King” which were based on Shakespeare’s plays “Romeo & Juliet” and “Hamlet” respectively. One may ask what is the point of retelling these stories in a different context? What makes any different or more significant than their originals? The telling of these tales within a different context allows the author to emphasize certain aspects of the tale that would otherwise be overlooked and use these aspects to communicate beliefs and ideals to the audience. The story of Moses in Exodus is one such tale that has been used in different contexts to shed light on relevant issues due to its almost universal recognition. Moses’ narrative is originally told in Exodus, which is one of many books that make up the the Old Testament of the Bible. In a different version of the tale, “Moses Man of the Mountain”, author Zora Neale Hurston uses this familiar Biblical narrative of Moses but adds her own African American centered context and interpretation to communicate the horrors that African Americans were facing as slaves to a broader audience in the American public. These two texts are similar in plot line, but are vastly different in intention…

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