top-rated free essay

Simba the Hero

By simbaszatkowski Sep 22, 2014 637 Words
Talia Szatkowski
English 101
29 August 2014
Simba, a lion prince born in Africa to King Mufasa, is welcomed into the Pride Lands by almost all of the animals. Scar, Simba’s jealous uncle, refuses to attend the birthday ceremony because with Simba’s birth, he no longer is next in line to be King. While Simba grows into a high-spirited lion cub who often boasts about the fact that he “just can’t wait to be king” Scar secretly plots against him. He uses the hyenas to cause a stampede through the canyon and lures Mufasa there to save Simba from danger. Mufasa then dies, as planned, in the stampede. Simba believes he is responsible and runs away to a distant jungle. There, he grows into a handsome young lion, while Scar, now king, wreaks havoc on the Pride Lands. When his old friend, Nala, discovers him several years later she alerts him of Scar's tyranny and destruction, and urges Simba to return home. Simba, after much soul searching, returns and finds that all of the natural resources of the Pride Lands have been wasted and abused by Scar. Further enraged when he figures out that Scar actually was responsible for Mufasa’s death, Simba initiates a battle between Simba's army of lionesses and Scar's army of hyenas, Simba ultimately defeats Scar and returns the kingdom back to the way it used to be.

Simba, both before and after Mufasa’s death, is full of admirable characteristics. Among these qualities are loyalty, selflessness, power, and braveness. He displays loyalty and courage by standing up to Shenzi, a hyena three times his size, in order to protect Nala. Simba is selfless because he returns to the Pride Lands because it is best for the other animals even though it is not necessarily best for him. The greatest display of all these qualities together, however, is when Simba destroys Scar’s power and saves the kingdom from total destruction.

As is common with so many people today in our society, Simba at first choses to run away from his problems and not be part of the solution. He lets his fears drive him, instead of facing the glitches head on. Today, many people would rather act cowardly or selfishly and take the easy way out like Simba did at first than fight for others. After Simba’s encounter with Nala, he realizes that he is essential to the solution and returns to the Pride Lands to fix what he, by running away, helped Scar destroy. This is a huge lesson to today’s society. Simba faces his problems and stands up for himself and ultimately stands up for all in the kingdom under Scar’s control. If more people today acted on what was good for society rather than just what was good for themselves, society, as a whole, would have less problems, less pollution and lower crime rates. What is good for the whole will usually benefit every individual.

Not only do people idolize heroes, they want to impersonate them as well. Heroes usually exemplify courage, strength, goodness and selflessness; the more people imitate them, the better off society will be. If everyone had a hero and tried to act like that hero, again doing more for others than themselves, the world would be a more positive place.

Most heroes, like Simba, are not born that way, but created out of necessity. Simba’s heroism rises out of his weaknesses. At first, he is an unlikely hero; he is a bit spoiled and boastful and self-centered. His claim to the kingdom is through his birthright, not because he earned it. When he realizes he needs to save the Pride Lands and those inside it despite any personal cost, he steps into the shoes of a king or a hero. He becomes a true leader.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Simba compared to Hamlet

    ...Lion King, a cub named Simba, plays the role of the young prince whose father is murdered, and from there, it shows the rapid maturation from a child to fully a grown beast, to a difference maker, to a king. By the acts in the story alone, one can see that Simba is a direct representation of Shakespeare's Hamlet Jr. Not only that, each of them s...

    Read More
  • A Hero

    ...Paul Aponte January 25, 2013 English Literature / Expository                                                                             Hero      A hero is defined as many things. While many people consider heroes to be larger than life figured, Christopher Reeves says that, "A hero is an ordinar...

    Read More
  • The Hero

    ...The Good Kiwi Bloke The stereotype that is most commonly associated with New Zealand men is “the good kiwi bloke’. This is a very old stereotype but I believe it is still relevant in today’s society. Its characteristics include, laid back, man of few words, xenophobic, lacks fashion sense, the “she’ll be right attitude”, but the thr...

    Read More
  • hero

    ...introduces its readers to a living standard of Marine Corps esprit de corps and military decorum. Gazing at the Flag: Book Review ~ My Men Are My Heroes Nov 18, 2007 - He later won a Navy Cross for his actions (Hero to Remember: Sgt Maj Brad ... Biting back my anger for a...

    Read More
  • Hero

    ... The quote, “In literature, evil often triumphs but never conquers.” means that in literature, there is always an ongoing struggle between good and evil and although evil may seem to prevail it never fully overpowers good. This idea that good will always prevail over evil in the end is an accurate interpretation of the structure of many li...

    Read More
  • Hero

    ...A Perfect Day for Bananafish Endi Murataj 1. Muriel portrays herself a self-interested woman who lives in her own superficial and materialistic world. She places great importance on her appearance, “She washed her comb and brush. She took the spot out of the skirt of her beige suit. She moved the button on her Saks blouse. She tweezed out...

    Read More
  • Heros

    ... English 3 Heroes Prompt Who deserves the right to be called a hero? I have heard many stories of people that have risen to a challenge to help someone in need. I do, however, disagree with the media’s interpretation of heroism. The media is usually uplifti...

    Read More
  • hero

    ...character from ATTS and to use a minimum of three characters.  How does this theme connect with the concept of “The Literary Hero: A Quest for Bravery”? You need to use QUOTATIONS from both of the work to solidify your ideas. Try to avoid the obvious. Saying that Rasheed is not a hero is probably unnecessary.  You will need to use ample ...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.