Hero Stages Essay
In Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s “The Lion King,” a young lion cub named Simba lives with his mother, father “King Mufasa” and a villainous uncle Scar in the Pride Lands of Africa. Once, with the help from hyenas Scar attacks Simba and King Mufasa to take the throne as King of Pride Lands. Later, Scar accuses Simba for the death of his father and that he should leave the pride lands in shame. He grows up with two friends Timon and Pumbaa. Once, his friends are attacked by Nala who takes Simba back to Pride Land. Soon after reaching his homeland, he learns that it was Scar who killed his father and tricked him by putting the blame on him. He fights with Scar for the revenge of his father’s death and his kingdom as a successor of the throne after his father. “The Lion King” is a perfect example of the hero’s journey because Simba follows the three main characteristic of the Hero Cycle which is Separation and Return with Initiation. At first, “The Lion King” follows the separation part of the hero’s story where Simba is set on an unknown adventure by his villainous uncle Scar. This event happens when Scar betrays his brother Mufasa, by making him fall off the cliff and into the stampede created by his hyenas. He then tricks Simba by making him believe that his father’s death was his fault. Simba unknowingly trusts Scar and by truly believing that Mufasa’s death is his fault, Simba leaves home and travels to a distant land. Simba felt guilty about the death of his father as a result of the mistake that he did not make and by leaving Pride Land, Simba left behind his family or identity with his rights to become a king. This journey not only made Simba strong physically but also mentally. This characteristic convert him to a hero because he stayed away from his family alone in a new land and did not return back giving up or thinking about them. The second stage “The Lion King” follows is Return with Initiation, where Simba return to Pride Land on...
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