Hamlet and Lion King

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Miss Wong

8th August, 2013.

Similarities and difference between Hamlet and Lion King

Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare and Lion King, is a fairy tale story produced by Walt Disney. There are striking similarities between both, as the plot is also about killing each other between brother and the uncle takes over the thrown which should be belong to the young prince and the theme is about the prince taking revenge and get back the power. Both Hamlet and Lion King share similar actions in the play. On the other hand, there are also differences between them, as Simba is an optimistic person while hamlet is a pessimistic person.

The plots of both stories are begin about killing each other between brothers and replace the position of the original king. In Hamlet, the king was murdered by his brother, Claudius. Hamlet's father appeared as a ghost, reveals that he was murdered by uncle according to Act 1, Scene 5.

The uncle the poured poison inside the king's ear while he is sleeping in the courtyard and he gets the power from the original king and be the new king of Denmark. In the story of Lion King, Mafasa saves Simba who is about to be trampled by a stampeding herd of wildebeests. He tries to climb out of the canyon after he saved Simba. However, he cannot make it. Since his evil brother, Scar shows up. At first, Mufasa asks Scar for help, but Scar, who wanted to take over as King of Pride Rock, pushed Mufasa into the herd of stampeding wildebeests and he is trampled to death. Therefore, the plot of Hamlet and Lion King are similar, as they both are about killing of a monarch.

The themes between both stories are...