Macbeth and Lion King both describe a story of usurpation and revenge. The tragic hero, Macbeth, and the antagonist in Lion King, Scar, reach the same ambition by different means, but finally they both failed. First of all, Macbeth 's motivation is different from Scar 's, but different motivations cause them to do similar things, that is to usurp the throne. Three witches told Macbeth a prophecy that he will become the king, as they said,"All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
“If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me, without my stir” (Shakespeare 144). Macbeth, a loyal subject to his king has an encounter that will change his fate with an ultimate effect on his free will. They claim three predictions, Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor and later crowned King but Macbeths lineage will not maintain the throne. After this supernatural confrontation, Macbeth questions this loyalty which will ultimately lead to his new fate carried out (LitCharts 1). Fully capable to act upon his own free will, Macbeth instead is driven by fate to his destruction which gives further insight of his character advancement.
In modern history, Scar’s reaction to Simba’s birth can best be compared to the reaction of a Pakistani family having a daughter. Scar does not want Simba to be born because he thinks it will limit his chances at taking the throne. Similarly, Pakistani families do not want a girl because boys grow up to protect the household and provide for the family while girls can limit a family’s economic growth. During The Lion King, Scar also throws Mufasa into a stampede and Mufasa dies (“Scar - The Lion King”). To make matters worse, Scar prohibits the use of Mufasa’s name after his death.
Certainly, they long to hand on the crown to the son, but both of them are murdered by their kinsman who wants to take this crown. The next one is Macbeth from Shakespeare 's play, who has the same characteristic as Scar from Allers 's movie. They are the kinsman of the king and also be the traitor who is eager to seize the power and rule the land. Moreover, both of them decide to dethrone the king by the regicide and die in pain with the same way as well. But the different thing between two of them is that Scar asks for a mercy before he is murdered, while Macbeth faces with the death without bending his head down.
Thinking of the deeds he has done, he reasons that “For them the gracious duncan have I murder'd” (35). His statement is selfish because slaughter is suddenly unjustifiable once it affects others positively, rather than just himself. His role as a king has skewed his perception so much that his friends are his enemies and his murders become aimless. Macbeth’s elation from power is rendered by his worries of losing it, revealing his true self in the process. His concerns stem from jealousy and thoughts of his wrong deeds being exposed, which in turn motivate him to act against his closest friend.
In Macbeth the prophecies made by the witches have a huge impact on the story. Several prophecies in Macbeth are self fulfilling as the titular characters the knowledge of them are often the reasons the prophecies come true such as when he decided to kill duncan and when he killed macduff 's family. The first set of prophecies put the events of macbeth into motion as it makes macbeth believe what the witches say. The prophecy that makes him believe is “all hail Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of cawdor!”. At first Macbeth seemed skeptical of what the witches were saying until the title of thane of cawdor is actually bestowed upon him.
Lady Macbeth saved Macbeth more than once during the times Macbeth was hallucinating. Lady Macbeth told Macbeth that he is only visualizing and Macbeth should be strong and brave. The witches started the thwarting plan, but Lady Macbeth told Macbeth that Macbeth’s plans may fail, and Macbeth may not be capable of making his plan corporeal. The three witches have a master called Hecate. Hecate is a part of the plan to harm Macbeth, but Hecate wanted to harm Macbeth even worse than the three witches.
The theme of power heavily proved superior against other themes in the story as it influenced the protagonist’s morals and actions. In “Macbeth” by Shakespeare, there were three cases where Macbeth is driven to do something questionable by his lust for authority. After being given his three prophecies, his lust grows exponentially and he pushes himself to act heedlessly on it. His first act of rashness was when he thinks about killing the king to become one. Next, he was unhappy with where his fate led him once more, thus he tries to tamper with fate and lastly, Macbeth stupidly goes to the witches’ cave to seek guidance to protect his reign despite it being dangerous and unreliable.
Although Macbeth begins to wonder how he could achieve becoming king. Murder comes to mind, although Macbeth does not approve of the option, he keeps it one. Proving Macbeth has ambition to improve himself and desires to become king. But Macbeth begins to have a murderous ambition, which will lead to a negative outcome. Continuing with Macbeth 's murderous ambition, Macbeth has a personal battle about the obstacles he must face to become King.
Prophesies from the witches allow many to interpret that it causes ambition within Macbeth and his wife. To an extent, this may be true. Macbeth and his wife begin to quicken their prophesies soon after discovering them from the witches. As a result of this, neither Macbeth or his wife choose to wait out what fate will bring them. Whilst one can use this idea of the witches being the true cause, it is important to know that Macbeth contemplated whether or not to wait out the prophesies, not to kill Duncan immediately.