It would be beneficial to all students to watch The Lion King as it is a true representation of the play Hamlet.
William Shakespeare's play Hamlet is a play about a character's struggles with the opposing forces of moral integrity and the need to avenge his father's murder. 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 book, Hamlet, both have a similar story line. Shakespeare's Hamlet and Disney's The Lion King have similar occurrences such as, the king is killed and revenge is sought by the king's son, the murderers are the king's brothers who want the power of the throne, and many others; but each story is also unique in their own ways.
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Both have a developing relationship with the prince of the kingdom. Although they play practically the same part, Nala is more forceful and stubborn than Ophelia who is obedient and passive more times than not. Scar and Claudius are another pair that is quite obviously nearly reversible. Scar, through means of a stampede, causes the death of Mufasa and properly manipulates the situation to make Simba think it was his fault. Scar tells Simba to leave and never come back sending him to what he hopes is his death. This is similar to when Claudius sends Hamlet to England to get killed. Simba carries the guilt of his father’s death for years to come. Claudius more directly kills by poisoning Hamlet but hides it completely. Seeing as they are both murderers, it is necessary both of them receive what is coming to them. Simba sees his dead father’s reflection talking back to him in the water and sky. Hamlet sees his father’s ghost which is when he learns of his murder. Simba is saved by two new friends, Timon and Pumbaa, which is similar to when Hamlet was saved by the pirates. In the end Scar and Simba fight for who will be the king representing the fight between Hamlet and Laertes for king. Scar and Claudius both get what they deserve in the end by being killed due to their own plans. There are many similarities between The Lion King and Hamlet.
I believe that Mr. Belding should allow students at Bayside High School to watch The Lion King during the study of Hamlet. Watching the movie following reading Hamlet gave me a better understanding of what occurred in the novel. It also gave me incite on the similarities of a famous children’s movie to Shakespeare. After seeing these comparisons it made me look at The Lion King in a new light. Watching this film will better educate the high schoolers at Bayside High School.