Obviously, Simba’s father Mufasa is killed by his own uncle to inherit the throne. This parallels to what happens to Hamlet’s father in Shakespeare’s story. His father is also murdered out of spite for power of the throne. The characters also represent each other throughout the story. Simba resembles Hamlet, Scar resembles Claudius, and Mufasa resembles King Hamlet.
The dead king’s sons (Simba and Hamlet), the protagonists, despise the kings and do not really know what they had to do with their father’s death. With the boosting help of an outside force they take up the courage to confront and successfully vow their father’s revenge. The ghost motive plays a key role in both stories, when the spiritual form of the protogonist’s dead fathers appear, but there are differences. In Hamlet, Hamlet’s father reveals that it was Claudius who killed him. In The Lion King, Mufasa convinces Simba to reclaim the kingdom.
King Hamlet's ghost uttered to Hamlet, “The serpent that did sting thy father's life now wears his crown” (1.5.39). Hamlet agreed to avenge his father's death. Now, his life had a purpose, which is to kill Claudius. Aside from his father's death, there was something else that sent him spiraling down. He was denied access to his love, Ophelia.
This is apparent through the appearance of his father. The apparition claims that “I am thy [Hamlet’s] father’s spirit” (I.v.14). This shows that the king’s physical body is dead but not his soul. But the king admits that he had done some bad things in his life therefore he is “doomed for a certain term to walk the night” (I.v.15). As hamlet figures it out that the husband of his mother is a murderer—Uncle Claudius—he realizes that his mother is at fault.
The story takes place in Denmark, where the ghost of the king reveals his son Hamlet, who murdered him. As revenge Hamlet looks forward to kill his uncle Claudius (the murderer), the new king of Denmark and make justice by himself. During the play he finishes killing Polonius, the lord chamberlain, and as a result of that his daughter Ophelia commits suicide. After that he kills the king and designs Fortinbras to replace his father as a king. Hamlet: This character is the protagonist of the story.
This main theme of revenge is displayed through Hamlet’s revenge on Claudius for the murder of Hamlet’s father, Hamlet’s revenge on his mother Gertrude for remarrying the late King Hamlet’s murderer and Laertes’ attempted revenge on Hamlet for his accidental killing of Polonius. Hamlet was made aware of his father’s murder through the undying spirit of the last King, carrying a message for Hamlet asking for revenge. “Murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this more foul, strange and unnatural” (1.5, 31-32). The ghost’s intentions and accusations were suspicious at first, questioned to be an unholy spirit sent to drive Hamlet to the verge of insanity and suicide. Hamlet was also skeptical of revenge in the beginning.
Shakespeare’s overall tone in the play Hamlet epitomizes the long disputed question; is Hamlet’s outcome determined by fate or his own free will? Hamlet is forced to make a life-altering decision when his father’s ghost asks him to kill his uncle Claudius. Hamlet is faced with two options. His first is to kill Claudius, which is treason and face life in prison or even death. The other option would be to not avenge his father and suffer the consequences in purgatory, Hamlet states, “Till the foul crimes done in my days of the nature/ Are burnt and purged away”.
This was a evil decision that he made for the first time. After murdering King Duncan, Macbeth became a king of Scotland. However, he did not stop murdering. Macbeth decides to kill his best friend, Banquo and Banquo’s son, Fleance, because the three witches prophesied that while Macbeth himself would be king, it was the descendents of Banquo that would be kings down the line. In other words the kingship won’t stay in Macbeth’s line with his kids being after him.
In the end, the sons of the old king and Macduff, enemy of Macbeth, join forces to defeat Macbeth and take the throne. Macduff kills Macbeth and Banquo’s son eventually becomes king. Banquo is a very important character in Macbeth. He is Macbeth’ best friend. He is everything
In The Lion King the theme of revenge is shown through the actions of Simba who returns to defeat Scar and avenge his father’s death by taking revenge on Scar. The theme of revenge is also a driving factor of the plot in the film as it initiates Simba's return. Simba is also visited by his father’s ghost who establishes the theme and desire for revenge in Simba, and presents it as a theme in the film. The characters in The Lion King and Hamlet are erringly similar to each other but Hamlet and Simba posses the most similarities. In Hamlet, Hamlet is the protagonist of the story and is unaware of how his