Lion King and Hamlet - Compare and Contrast

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Similarities and Differences Between The Lion King and Hamlet
As innocent and young the Disney movie “The Lion King” may seem, it is, indeed, loosely based off of the renowned Shakespeare play “Hamlet”. It would seem strange to the typical audiences of each, but when looked at closer, it is seen that they are actually related underneath the youthful, animated surface of The Lion King.
One of the main aspects that connects The Lion King and Hamlet is the characters. Simba and Hamlet are both princes of their kingdoms. Hamlet, a man, and Simba, a lion cub, are in the same situation which is coping with and avenging their fathers’ deaths. Hamlet goes crazy and creates a whole plan of revenge but Simba simply runs from the problem altogether only to come face to face with it later.
Nala, representing Ophelia, is a beautiful young lion as Ophelia is a beautiful young girl. 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. Another difference between the two is that Nala doesn’t die at the end of the movie as Ophelia dies in Hamlet by suicide.
Scar and Claudius is another pair that is quite obviously nearly reversible. Scar, through means of a stampede, causes the death of Mufassa and properly manipulates the situation so as to make Simba think it was his own fault. Simba carries this guilt for years and years to come. Claudius more directly kills Hamlet but hides it completely. Seeing as they are both murderers, it is necessary both of them “receive what is coming to them,” as the saying goes.
Hamlet Sr., the father of Hamlet, is killed before the play begins. He is a respected man that is generally liked not different from Mufassa. Mufassa is the Lion King but dies, technically, at the hands of Scar. Zazu…...

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