Othello and Lion King- Power Essay

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Othello and Lion King powerplay essay by Akhil Bansal Whilst both Othello and Lion King (1994) suggest that power is not transparent or obvious to all the characters in a given situation, they differ over whether power is tangible and obvious from an omniscient perspective. Whilst Shakespeare suggests that power is external and hence tangible and obvious from some perspectives, Lion King suggests that power can be a construct of will and internal strength, which is not obvious to the audience and often the characters themselves. Lion King traces the descent from power of a young heir to the throne Simba, who gradually regains his sense of confidence and inner-power to reclaim his kingship over Pride Rock. This can be shown by the similarities between Scar and Iago and Othello and young Simba, and the fundamental differences between Iago and adult Simba. Firstly, both Iago and Scar appear powerless and marginalised, but actually acquire and hold considerable power. Both of these characters use the power of language to psychologically manipulate others. This form of power is reliant on deception, and hence is inherently not obvious. Iago and Simba are both Machiavellians with a utilitarian attitude towards others, which allows Iago to gradually gain power over Othello, Roderigo and Cassio, and also enables Scar to gain control over Simba. Both of these texts represent the idea of deception through soliloquies. This is demonstrated by the use of Hellish and light and dark imagery in Iago’s soliloquy in Act Two after giving advice to Cassio: “Divinity of Hell!/ When devils will the blackest sins put on,/ they do suggest at first with heavenly shows.” This is furthered by the use of the extended web metaphor in both this soliloquy: ““with as little a web as this will ensnare as great a fly as Cassio” and later soliloquies: “the credulous fools are caught.” The

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