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.
Along with him, another general of King Duncan named Banquo receives the prophecy of being the father of line of kings. Driven by his wife, Lady Macbeth (later turned as the Queen of Scotland) and the weird sister’s prophecy, Macbeth proceed to murder the good King Duncan when King Duncan came to-night at Macbeth’s place. After his evil deed, Macbeth is then crowned as the Kind of Scotland, fulfilling the first prophecy. However, Macbeth felt continuous guilt and worrisome, recalling that Banquo was with him then he received the prophecy, and that Banquo received one on his own too. Macbeth then decided to murder is own friend Banquo and his son Fleance.
Macbeth loses his last scrap of morality when he orders the murder of innocents to enrage a rival. Shakespeare’s Macbeth shows that humans will do whatever it takes to achieve and maintain power by charting Macbeth’s descent from noble thane to murderous tyrant. Macbeth’s position of thane is already quite powerful but the need for more power overwhelms his loyalties to others. Macbeth believes that the Prince of Cumberland stands in his way to more power. “The Prince of Cumberland!
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!
Macbeth thinks about his line of succession, and thinks to himself “ No son of mine succeeding,if’t be so, for Banquo’s issue have i filled my mind: For them the gracious Duncan have i murder’d” (III.i.67-69). This is stating that Macbeth killed Duncan because he knew his kids would become kings after him, and Macbeth didn’t like this. Macbeth killed Duncan for his petty ways to get what he wants and to become king. Being angry and killing innocent Duncan are a way of being seen as the villain, which Macbeth had been proven to be. Macduff son thinks out loud to his mom “Young fry of treachery he has
Desperate for power they would do anything in order to gain it. Macbeth first kills off Macdonwald placing himself with the power of Thane of Cawdor when he was hoping for successor of the king. The new successor of the king was his Son Malcolm. Macduff goes out on a rager and kills Duncan because he wasn’t granted successor and when Duncan’s sons gets wind their father was murdered they leave before they are next to be killed. While thinking
Hamlet figured out that Claudius killed King Hamlet from the ghost by putting poison in his ear in his sleep (1.5 32-40). Readers have learned that both characters killed the current kings in their slumber in order to gain power despite being “close” to the kings. However, Macbeth had a greater passion to take the crown, because he confronted King Duncan with a dagger. This means that Macbeth is prepared to face any danger and he is willing to fight anyone
(Shakespeare 3.4.11). However, Hamlet thought Claudius is behind the arras, so he kills him (Polonius) directly. After Polonius, the conflict between Gertrude and Hamlet became fiercer and Hamlet lost himself more. From the personal view, Polonius’s death is one of the victims in this revenge, but this is also what he deserves because he used to be the Old King’s councillor whereas he is helping Old King’s murder to hurt Old King’s son. He is smart but he is not loyal, therefore, he died in the right path.
On one side, Macbeth has to decide if he has to assassinate the king in order to gain control over Scotland and face treason if he is caught. Plus he would also have to kill his friend. If he doesn’t chose to do so, he may be given the opportunity to realize his ambitions of having control over Scotland. Another one of struggles Macbeth faces is killing his friend Banquo. Macbeth as a character is deeply build exceptionally by Shakespeare whose actions and emotions provoke the main theme of this play.
All of these characters seek revenge for the death of their fathers by taking the matter into their own hands: Fortinbras seeks war against Denmark (former King Hamlet killed Fortinbras’ father), while Laertes returns from Paris to Eslionor to fight for his dead father 's honor. However, the way these two characters carry themselves is much different than the way Hamlet does. He, himself speaks of Laertes and Fortinbras as people who are basic contrasts to him. The reader understands this in Act IV, Scene iv where Hamlet describes Fortinbras and his valiant character and promises to become somewhat more like him. Hamlet says, "Witness this army of such mass and charge/ Led by a delicate and tender prince,/ Whose spirit with divine ambition puff 'd/ Makes mouths at