The movie, The Lion King, and the book, Hamlet, both have a similar story line. Shakespeare 's Hamlet and Disney 's The Lion King have similar occurrences such as, the king is killed and revenge is sought by the king 's son, the murderers are the king 's brothers who want the power of the throne, and many others; but each story is also unique in their own ways. As innocent and young the Disney movie “The Lion King” may seem, it is, indeed, loosely based off of the renowned Shakespeare play “Hamlet”. It would seem strange to the typical audiences of each, but when looked at closer, it is seen that they are actually related underneath the youthful, animated surface of The Lion King. The main similarities between Hamlet and The Lion King are the themes.
Eventually, he gets revenge on King Claudius, kills Laertes, and dies. Shakespeare utilizes the character Hamlet to portray the complications within society’s ideal of being a real man, as all men are different and handle situations in multiple ways. Throughout the play society’s portraits of real men are defined, such as Laertes and young Fortinbras, who are foils to Prince Hamlet. They possess something the young Danish prince does not have, a manly reputation. Hamlet shows his admiration for Fortinbras by saying: The imminent death of twenty men; That for a fantasy and trick of fame; Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot.
Although William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Disney’s Lion King share many similarities, there are also many differences between them. Hamlet is a play about a character's struggles with the opposing forces of moral integrity and the need to avenge his father's murder whereas the Lion King is a movie with a “happily ever after” and a young cub, Simba, who struggles against himself and reality. The Lion King’s similarities to Hamlet are not coincidental, but it is not truly based on Hamlet. The Lion King is loosely based on Hamlet; the differences between the two exceed the similarities. In the play, Hamlet, the king’s death isn’t seen as suspicious and the king’s brother, Claudius marries the queen to get the crown.
Hamlet Film Study Media Essay The famous play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare has been recreated by many different film directors based on their standpoint of the play. By analyzing the acting, lighting, direction, and the costume in act 3 scene 1, act 3, scene 4, and act 5, scene 2, both Branagh and Zefferelli's version of Hamlet have effective media components that develop both of their films in different ways. The acting in act 3, scene 4 in Branagh’s film is done exquisitely, Kenneth brought out the character of Hamlet to its full potential, The lighting in this scene of Zeffirelli's film was also very well done. The direction in act 3, scene 1 is played out perfectly and in a very intelligent manner. Lastly the Costume selection was chosen
In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, he analyzes the challenges royalty could face and emphasizes the complexity of family relationships, suicidal thoughts and doubt, and explores the ideas of revenge and identity. The main themes present are corruption, expectation versus reality, and the complexity of actions. The context of this play is set in Elsinore, Denmark in the 14th century, where a prince seeks revenge for his father, and discovers his father was murdered by his uncle while his mother was courted and now married to the usurper. If Shakespeare had written Hamlet today, most of the themes would still be relevant, however the setting and characters’ experiences would differ due to technological advancements and modern belief systems. The setting of Hamlet differs greatly from present day Denmark.
While in “The Tragedy of Hamlet” the characters were more cunning and transparent to the setting. Hamlet was a very intelligent character, because he was so clever his fake insanity was believable
Similarities; There is a lot of similarities between Hamlet & The Lion King. In both storylines there is a king, and both the main families are royalty. Both the “uncle” figures are similar, they’re both secretly evil, and they’re both murderers. Both of the fathers (kings) die at the uncle’s hand. Both the princes (the king’s sons) end up leaving, and going elsewhere, because in Hamlet the uncle convinces Hamlet to leave, and to secretly get killed (which doesn’t end up working), & in the Lion King, Scar convinces Simba to run and hide, which he set the hyenas after him to try to kill him (which doesn’t work).
However, Lawrence Olivier’s portrayal of Hamlet is the worse out of all the actors, as he uses very few methods used by the other two actors in effectively portraying Prince Hamlet. Kenneth Branagh acts as Hamlet the best due to his extensive use of facial
While Zeffirelli’s version was set in the Elizabethan era, Branagh’s version was set in the 19th century. Zeffirelli’s setting had old buildings and castles built from stone,much like the Elizabethan era and similar to what the time period of “Hamlet”, while Branagh’s version was set in a glamorous, modern castle. The Elizabethan style of architect made Zeffirelli’s version more believable than the glitzy and Although Branagh’s setting maybe a downfall to his movie, it shows that the things that happened and the themes in “Hamlet” are universal and can be applied to any time period. The costumes in Zeffirelli’s showed the different social classes within the court. People with a higher social status within the court, such as Claudius, Gertrude, and Hamlet, wore more sophisticated clothing than the people from a lower status.
In the play Hamlet, Shakespeare presents Prince Hamlet as a tragic hero. The play Hamlet is about a prince whose father has been murdered by his own brother, Claudius in order to be the king. In Addition to that, Claudius marries his brother's wife. Later Hamlet sees the ghost of his father and tells him to get revenge for him by killing Claudius and as he tries to get his revenge it causes the death of the whole family. Hamlet can be interpreted as a tragic hero since he has a noble mind, fatal flaw and he is mentally wounded resulting in his own death.