The Lion King, By William Shakespeare Essay

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William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a famous play of tragedy in the English language. The main conflict in the play is the main character’s struggles with the opposing forces of moral integrity and the need to avenge the murder of his father. Walt Disney’s The Lion King is an award winning film about a young lion cub named Simba and his struggles against himself and reality. The movie, The Lion King, and the play, Hamlet, both have a similar storyline. The theme within the play and the movie is Loyalty and Revenge. Loyalty is a valuable virtue to possess, but when loyalty leads to embarking on a journey for revenge, both the seeker and the victim may get destroyed and more graves will be dug.
In The Lion King, a cub named Simba, whose naivety persuades him into a great amount of hardships and troubles, plays the role of the young prince whose father is murdered. Through the actions of both storylines, one can see that Simba is a direct representation of Shakespeare 's Hamlet. Each of the characters share similar actions and journeys throughout the play. Interpretations of Prince Simba 's actions are as profound as Prince Hamlet 's, particularly of why Prince Hamlet delayed in exacting vengeance for his father 's death. Both Prince Simba and Hamlet "delay" their action of retribution for their respective father 's deaths. The loss of their paternal companion leaves Prince Hamlet incredibly melancholy, and Prince Simba without a royal teacher and father during his childhood…

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