They are both the rightful heir to the thrown being son of the king. Unfortunately, each prince have a wicked uncle who longed for the throne. To gain the thrown, Claudius poisoned Hamlet Sr. and then marries hamlets mother Gertrude. Likewise, Scar throws Mufasa to his death to become leader of the pack, hence “marrying” Simba's mother Sarobi. At the same time, Hamlet Jr. is absent
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
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.
It has been said by many intelligent and informed people that Walt Disney's The Lion King is a children's version of Shakespeare's Hamlet. There are certainly many parallels between the two stories, and even in the actual dialogue. Both are the story of a young man who is torn apart by the early demise of his father and both stories have an uncle that takes over the thrown that should rightly belong to both of the young prince’s. The similarities between the storylines and the ways they are portrayed, especially on screen, are incredible. The three biggest parallels of the stories are the presence of death images and symbolism, the actions of the secondary characters, and the development of the tragic hero.
The film opens up with the funeral of King Hamlet while the play opens with dialogue between Horatio, Francisco, Bernardo and Marcellus outside of the King’s manor. The dialogue during the funeral scene of the film is also noticeably different from what Shakespeare had originally written. Director Franco Zeffirelli also removed the character of Fortinbras from the film version. The absence of Fortinbras from the film isn’t as crucial as omitting Laertes, but it does change the tenor of the story somewhat. In the play, Fortinbras played a very important role at the end when he stepped up to take the throne after the deaths of Hamlet, Gertrude and King Claudius.
The ghost informed Hamlet that he had been killed by Sir King Claudius and that Claudius was, in fact, Hamlet's uncle. From there, the ghost only asked for one thing and one thing only, and all the deceased king requested was revenge from his son. Taking in all this information, wanting to avenge his father's death, and wanting to do as his father asks causes Hamlet to do many crazy things, including pretending to have lost his sanity. This causes many deaths in the story during Hamlet's journey to revenge. One of which was Polonious, who was stabbed by Hamlet during Hamlets rant to his mother.
This is many years and decades away from the time The Lion King was released (1994); taken away the fact that one is animated with a herd of African wildlife and the other with humans, they seem to mimic each other in the message within the stories. There is more than one comparison but the most obvious is the plot. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a character named Hamlet Jr. (or young Hamlet) discovers his uncle, Claudius, is responsible for the death of his father, Hamlet Sr. (Old Hamlet). Young Hamlet then makes it his responsibility to avenge his father’s murderer. The overall summary of Hamlet is that there is an easy and unbalanced political unrest after the demise of Old Hamlet.
Who Fears Who? In William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet, Hamlet tries to have justice served with the death of his father. Claudius –Hamlet’s uncle—killed his brother in order to obtain the crown. Hamlet is put in a position where he needs to decide of killing his evil uncle is worth it, and Shakespeare makes a biblical argument. In Matthew10:29 it says “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
Before we meet Prince Hamlet, Horatio makes us believe that he is a very courageous and brave man. “Unto young Hamlet; for upon my life, this spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him”. However, when we meet him he’s depressed and is still mourning the death of his father. “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off, and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark” When Prince Hamlet meets the Ghost we find out he wants revenge against Claudius. Prince Hamlet seems keen to avenge his father’s death, but throughout the narrative we see Hamlet hesitate to kill Claudius, he may be finding it hard as Claudius is the King and also a relative.
The main symbol of Hamlet Hamlet is a tragedy with the main character Hamlet wanting to seek revenge for his father’s murder. His father’s ghost comes to him to tell him that his brother Claudius was the one who murdered him. So the tragedy formula then ensues and main characters start to drop like flies when Hamlet is thinking of his plan to kill Claudius. The symbols in Hamlet are what to me keep the story somewhat interesting and the fact that Hamlet ages a lot in this play. The biggest symbol that portrays to the play and even is the symbol for the play itself is Yorick’s skull.