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of his rightful kingdom, she urges him to return to Pride Rock. He then has his one and only soliloquoy, illustrating his inability to act. It resembles several of Hamlet’s speeches, for example: Yet I, A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause And can say and do nothing; no, not for a king Upon whose property and most dear life A damned defeat was made. Am I a coward? (3.1 546-551) Compare this to Simba’s words: “She’s wrong. I can’t go back. What would it prove? It won’t change anything. You can’t change the past. [to the skies] You said you’d always be there for me! But you’re not. It’s because of me. It’s my faulty. It’s my fault.” A reversal occurs once Simba returns, where Scar accuses him of causing

Mufasa’s death and Simba accetps the blame. This is the opposite of the Mouse-trap scene, where Hamlet establishes Claudius’ guilt by staging the murder of his father. However, just before Scar’s death, he is forced to admit that he is responsible. Simba then gathers the strength to save his kingdom from its ruler and restore the fertility of the land.Hamlet does not survive this final battle as Simba does, but he does leave a lesson to those who survive. Horatio, at the play’s end, recounts the tale of Hamlet to justify his cause. The plot of the The Lion King varies in both minor and significant ways from Hamlet. As already stated, we begin The Lion King with the birth of the Hamlet character, and we are allowed to see the state as it prospers under Mufasa’s rule. We

also witness the loving relationship between Mufasa and his wife Sarabi. Beginning the story before things go awry eliminates the need for lengthy speeches on the past, and simplifies the plot in order to make it appealing for young audiences: things were good, and now they are bad. Then, when Scar coordinates Mufasa’s death and frightens Simba out of the kingdom, the need for a play within a play to establish his guilt is unneccesary. We have now seen that he is guilty – the viewers need not consider this, only Simba, who must learn that he has blamed himself for something that was not his fault. The movie never implies that Sarabi was involved either – there can only be one villain, and in a modern children’s story this is never a birth-parent. The ghost who appears in

Act 1, Scene 1 of Hamlet appears much later in The Lion King, and never delivers the information that he has been murdered. Again, this is because we already know – and also because the focus of the Disney plot is not revenge but “taking your place in the circle of life”, becoming the rightful heir rather than destroying yourself and everyone around you for the sake of revenge. However, the appearence of the ghost remains very similar to the ghost of Old Hamlet, with his “Adieu, adieu. Remember me” (1.5 110). When Mufasa appears out of the clouds in the night sky, he says to Simba: “Simba, you have forgotten me. You have forgotten who you are, and so you have forgot me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take you place in the

circle of life.Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king. Remember who you are. Remember.” Mufasa’s voice returns one final time with the word “remember” as Simba ascends Pride Rock to take his place as king. The biggest element we must contend with when comparing The Lion King to Hamlet is the happy ending versus the tragedy. As we have already seen, at least a little hope remains at the end of Hamlet that the errors of the past will not be repeated. But before this can occur, everyone in the play must die. We can hardly imagine Disney making the decision to eliminate Mufasa, Zazu, then Nala, followed by Sarabi, Simba, and Scar, then having the hyenas come in to clean up the mess. This would hardly make Pride Rock seem like a land worth saving. The film

does not completely avoid violence, but Mufasa’s death is unseen because of the masses of animals trampling him. When it comes time for Scar and Simba to fight, the scene is in slow-motion, without blood, and so it becomes more of a power struggle than a violent act. There is a battle between the hyenas and the lionesses that is obscured by shadows and burning brushwood. And it is not in fact Simba who kills Scar; he is attacked by his own three hyena henchmen, and we are only allowed to witness his death in shadow on the cliff face. Because the focus has been shifted onto regaining the throne rather than avenging his father’s death, Simba is able to restore health to the kingdom by simply eliminating Scar. Once a new king takes the place of the old king, the fertility of the