Essay about Disney's the Lion King: Sundiata in Disguise?

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Disney’s The Lion King: Sundiata in Disguise? Over the course of this semester many of the literary works that have been read contained some source of message designed to both teach and improve either the reader or society. Amongst this collection of enlightening literary works, there have been a particular few that have illustrated this idea as well as highlighted particular historical facts about a specific civilization. One distinct book that has met both of these general objectives is Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali. Throughout this story the author discusses the life of a young king, and illustrates unique facts about the ancient Mali society. In the process of reading this epic tale, it became clear that …show more content…
To further support this theory, this section discusses both the birth and presentation of Sundiata to the commoners of Mali. Following the birth of Sundiata, Maghan’s griot Ghankouman Doua says, “I salute you father, I salute you, king Naré Maghan…The child is born whom the world awaited…The lion child, the buffalo child is born, and to announce him the Almighty… ” (Niane 14). Proceeding Sundiata’s birth a grand celebration is held. If we compare this scene to this exact event in the movie, Simba receives a similar amount of praise and recognition when he is born. The other animals throughout the land find such respect in his existence that all bow to Simba when he is presented. Both prince characters are exalted in some way, symbolizing the valuable significance their lives are to their African societies. Both Sundiata and Disney’s The Lion King not only parallel one another in title and scenes, but subsequently share a very distinct resemblance of characters as well. Starting with the emperors themselves, both characters Naré Fa Maghan, from Sundiata and Mufasa from The Lion King, are

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