Simba’s Heroic Journey
The Lion King is a true hero's journey that takes place in the savannas of Africa. The title "The Lion King" emphasizes that a lion is king, referring to the main character, Simba. Simba is the hero in the story because he regains his kingdom and defeats evil. He takes responsibility for his actions and his kingdom, and regains order and control. Simba takes part in a hero's journey by being a part of the departure, initiation, and the return. After Simba’s father, the ruler of the kingdom is killed while trying to save Simba caught in a heard of wilder beasts; is where Simba’s departure begins, he is banished from his homeland by his evil uncle Scar. Scar tells Simba “to leave and never return.” (The Lion King), Scar then send his hyenas (who act as his personal army and assistants), to kill him. But Simba escapes and is found by Timon (a meerkat) and Pumba (a warthog), he goes on to grow up in a paradise-like jungle with them. Years later, Simba's best friend from the pride lands Nala comes in search of help and happens to find Simba by chance. She asks him to return with her because of Scar's oppressing reign, but he refuses his call to adventure. Scar has told everyone in the kingdom that Simba was killed in the same stampede his father was. Nala realizes that since samba is alive, that means he’s the king. His reaction “No I’m not the king, maybe I was gonna be but that was a long time ago.” (The Lion King) Simba wouldn't tell her the reason for his refusal, but it was because he believed his father's death was his fault; and he was scared to return there, he didn’t have any confidence in himself, that he could overtake Scar. Simba meets Rafiki while out one night reflecting on his call to adventure, and helps initiates Simba’s return to the kingdom. Rafiki is in a tree singing, he seems to follow Simba, and he lets Simba know that he knows exactly who he is. He becomes Simba’s mentor and leads Simba into an enchanted...
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