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Professor Rita Wisdom
English 1302
December 18, 2008
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Hamlet vs. Simba
While Disney’s 1994 film The Lion King was strongly influenced by William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, they differ in many ways. The movie shadows Shakespeare’s work so closely that parallels between the main characters themselves are readi ly apparent. Simba, Mufasa, and Scar are direct representations of Young Hamlet, King Hamlet, and Claudius, but there are some scenes that set the two apart. The renowned deaths of both Simba’s and Hamlet’s fathers (Mufasa and King Hamlet) are carried out in different manners; Mufasa is pushed off of a cliff into a stampede, and King Hamlet is poisoned. Another key difference is between Nala and Ophelia - the lovers of the main characters. Simba never stops loving Nala and ends up marrying her, but Hamlet claims to have lost interest in Ophelia and wants nothing to do with her. By far, the most crucial difference is the ending. At the end of The Lion King , Simba becomes kin g of The Pride Lands, but Hamlet dies at the end of the play. Althou gh Young Hamlet in Hamlet and Simba in The Lion King share some differences, they are alike in their loss of fathers, their uncles’ usurpation of the throne, and their revenge against the new ki ngs. Comment: Thesis statement with three 

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Comment: Wonderful introduction!  
You’ve focused on the differences, and then 
you use that as a springboard to focus on 
the similarities.  Your thesis provides the 
energy for the remainder of your essay.  
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The death of King Hamlet negatively affects young Hamlet, but a fter his death, Hamlet Sr. becomes more than the king and father he once was. Not knowing exactly how his father died, Hamlet feels lost. He becomes a herald for his son. When h e approaches his son as a ghost, he explains that he wasn’t bit ten by a snake, like everyone in Denmark thought, and told him what Claudius has done: “The serpent that did sting thy fat her’s life / Now wears his crown” (1. 5. 44-45). Hamlet previously susp ected him as the killer and is disgusted at the thought. According to The ghost “[…] has been disobliging enough to leave the task of defining revenge squarely up to Hamlet” (Skulsky 78). He knows what to do, but he is so upset that his father is gone that he is drawn to madness.

Since King Hamlet was dead, Claudius decided to act quickly and get Gertrude (young Hamlet’s mother) to fall in love with him, so he could become the new King. Young Hamlet is disgusted: “Within a month, / Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears / Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, / She married ” (1.2. 156-58). Hamlet couldn’t believe that his mother had committed incest. The throne wasn’t the most important thing to him, but it was the principle that made him uneasy. In his speech to the people of Denmark, Claudius says, “Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature / That we with wisest sorrow think on him, / Together with remembrance of ourselves” (1.2. 5-7) . Claudius doesn’t care about the death of his brother; he is only worried about being king. Young Hamlet takes his father’s appearance to heart and knows he must avenge his death and take responsibility for what his uncle has done . He delays this process. He runs from his responsibility even though he knows what needs to be done. After his uncle’s killing his father, marrying his mother, taking his place as king, and poisoning his Comment: 1

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loss of father  
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uncle’s usurpation of throne 
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revenge against father’s killer  
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mother, Hamlet knows he has to act in honor of his father: “Here, thou incestuous, murd’rous, damned Dane, / Drink off...
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