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Kari Allan March 19, 1997 Hamlet vs The Lion King It has been said by many intelligent and informed people that Disney's The Lion King is a children's version of Shakespeare's Hamlet.There are certainly many parallels between the two stories, and even in the actual dialogue.
The appearance of the Pridelands reflects the heart of Scar. This is the same as the state of Elsinore reflecting the heart of Claudius. were such good people that they could never really be killed. While Scar and Claudius do evil things because they are dead inside and so can only see their brothers' success as a threat, Mufasa and Hamlet Sr.
The partying that goes on destroys the image of Denmark. even come back from the dead to right the wrongs of the world. remember..." This is essentially the same speech that Hamlet Sr. Both of the princes seem to forget their purposes as they get further away from the pain of their father's death. and Mufasa have as much in common as their successors do.
Scar talks of killing every character in the movie, although he is unsuccessful in killing anyone but Mufasa.
Timone and Pumbaa believe Simba to be dead when they first find him.
Scar repeatedly enlists the hyenas to murder Simba, and Claudius relies on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to take Hamlet to the leaders of England to end his life.
The hyenas and R&G are both bad choices because the princes are not killed in either circumstance.
In Hamlet, Hamlet is too smart to be outwitted, in The Lion King, thehyenas are just too stupid to kill Simba.
Hamlet and Simba are near perfect examples of tragic heroes.
He wishes he was dead, and half-heartedly tries to kill himself.
Nala tries to kill Timone and Pumbaa before she knows who they are.