Comparing Disney's The Lion King And Hamlet

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Disney’s The Lion King and Hamlet by William Shakespeare are interchangeable in several ways. Because of the many similarities, many critics believe that The Lion King is contingent on Hamlet. In both of them, a king is killed by his brother, the king’s son is tormented after his death, and the son gets revenge against his uncle. They also share similar characters. Both of them include the aforementioned son’s love interest, his dad who is the dead king, his uncle, his friends, and his enemies who side with his uncle. They also include the king’s advisor, the son’s mother, and the kingdom’s enemy. While The Lion King and Hamlet have a very identical plot, many believe that The Lion King is based on Hamlet because of the indistinguishable …show more content…
Timon and Pumbaa represent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Horatio, Polonius, and Laertes and different times. At one point in Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern keep Hamlet away from his kingdom by taking him to England. Timon and Pumbaa are symbolic of this because they keep Simba away from his kingdom. Horatio is a loyal friend to Hamlet, and he aids him by helping him figure out if Claudius is guilty of murdering King Hamlet. Timon and Pumbaa equate Horatio because they are loyal to Simba, and they help him defeat Scar by distracting the hyenas. Polonius and Laertes tell Ophelia to stay away from Hamlet. Timon and Pumbaa depict this by not wanting Nala and Simba together. There are three main hyena characters named Shenzi, Ed, and Banzai. They are equivalent to Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Laertes. This is because they continually scheme against Simba with Scar just Rosencrantz and Guildenstern did with Claudius. They especially represent Laertes when they try to kill Simba in the end because Laertes and Claudius made a plan to kill Hamlet in the end of the play. The hyenas as a whole resemble Fortinbras and Norway. Fortinbras wanted him and his Norwegian army to conquer Denmark. The hyenas are emblematic of them because they are enemies of the lions, and they want to take control over the