Stereotypes In The Lion King

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A STEREOTYPE ANALYSES ABOUT ‘‘THE LION KING’’ Disney’s films have unexpected, unpredictible gender based streotypes. If you analyze into all details, you will realize that these films, which are made for children, have unbelievable secluded concepts. These films speak for more than you watch at first sight. In this essay, ‘‘The Lion King’’, one of the Disney’s most famous films, will be examined by stereotypes about gender, race, discrimination and characters.

Racial stereotypes are one of the most striking points of the movie. A lion named Scar, who is the brother of Mufasa and the uncle of Simba, the main protagonists of the movie, is darker in colour and has heteresexual features like his walking style, oral expression and his social graces are feminine, in
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The film aims to distinguish black people representing always ‘‘evils’’ in real life. Moreover, referring to IMDB (Internet Movie Database), Scar is vocalized by the famous ‘‘British actor’’ Jeremy Irons. On the other hand Mufasa’s voice is recorded by an American actor. Discretely and deep down the film makers implicitly struggle to prove the superiority of American people over the British culture. M. Benshoff and Griffin (1994) similarly note that in the production of The Lion King “.. it is not surprising that The Lion King has interesting things to convey about late twentieth–century American culture and its dominant ideology – white patriarchal capitalism”(p. 17). In addition to that, the bird Zazu, which is like a servant of the lions, has also a voice of a British actor. And the bird has a strong and solid British accent. The aim to stress the accent and the target of producers using those stereotypes is to emphasize that British people are servants of American population. A further gender stereotype is the idea that women lions are incomplete and defective without men. They can not survive without men who lead them. In the
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