Too Bare Hamlet

A son’s tragedy, a brother’s betrayal. A story of
responsibility and revenge is that of William Shakespeare’s
tragedy Hamlet. The theme in the play Hamlet is one that is
great in age and remains present even in today’s
entertainment. A modern story which shares this theme is
Disney’s The Lion King. The characters Simba and Hamlet
are the main characters in both stories and both share many
similarities. Treachery from within the family was the cause
of both character’s losses, and the initial conflict of the
entire story. Along with major characters, the stories also
share similar secondary characters. The characters
Rosencranz and Guildenstern can be compared to the
Disney characters Timon and Pumbaa. The Lion King and
Hamlet share a common theme and reflect one another.
The Prince of Denmark, the Prince of the Pride Lands,
Hamlet and Simba are the main characters of both stories
and share similar situations and traits. Both characters think
highly of their fathers and share a close bond of love with
them. "With all my love I do commend me to you"( II I 184
), proving that Hamlet not only loves his father but also
respects and obeys his wishes. "I was just trying to be
brave like you." Simba says this to his father showing how
much he looks up to him. Hamlet and Simba delay their
action of revenge over their father’s death. The loss of the
fatherly figure leaves Hamlet extremely depressed, and
Simba with feelings of guilt and without a teacher. Each
character runs from their responsibility, although they both
know what must be done inside. It is remarkable that such
similarities exist in the conflicts and actions of both
characters. Hamlet and Simba are betrayed by their uncles
whom murder their fathers in order to fulfill their own
ambitions. Scar and Claudius were both the brother of the
proclaimed King. They both lived in their older brother’s
shadow and were envious of their success. Claudius and
Scar’s envy led them to kill their brothers which allowed
them to seize the throne. "The serpent that did sting thy
father’s life/Now wears his crown. ( I V 38,39 )" "Here’s
my little secret, I killed Mufasa." To keep their newly
claimed throne Scar and Claudius had to guarantee that
there would be no interference from their nephews. Both
Hamlet and Simba were led astray from their home by their
uncle, therefore guaranteeing no interference. "The
associates tend, and every thing is bent/For England."( IV
III 45,46) "Run away! Run away and never return!" In
Hamlet and The Lion King the main characters were
betrayed by their uncle by the murdering of their father and
the seizure of the crown. With major characters in both
works aside, the similarities between secondary characters
in The Lion King and Hamlet are still quite alike. The
characters Rosencranz and Guildenstern can be compared
to the Disney characters Timon and Pumbaa. Both pairs of
characters give relief from the main focus of the stories.
Timon and Pumbaa provided a welcome distraction from
Simba’s responsibilities by introducing him to a carefree life
of "Hakuna Matata." Rosencranz and Guildenstern showed
that Hamlet does enjoy a life outside of the royal house by
mingling with the two friends. Rosencranz and Guildenstern
were used by Claudius to spy upon Hamlet. Hamlet was
aware of his friends betrayal and this was a constant
reminder to Hamlet and the revenge that must be acted
upon Claudius. Timon and Pumbaa were not under the
employment of Scar, nevertheless the sidekick pair provide
a similar function. At one point they attempt to obtain
Simba’s past from his memory. Once Simba gives in, his
memories begin to come back to him and he remembers his
responsibility. He is then convinced to return back to the
Pride Lands and face his problems by the arrival of his old
friend Nala. Although Timon and Pumbaa had no intention
of doing so, they performed the same act of reminding the
main character of their responsibility to their fathers and
their kingdoms that Rosencranz and Guildenstern did. The
theme in Hamlet can be compared to the Walt Disney
movie The Lion King. The influences that Hamlet had on
The Lion King were constant through many things. The
main characters, Hamlet and Simba are comparable by
situations and their actions. The initial conflict was constant
within the two stories in that it was caused by treachery
from within. Along with the main characters and plot
details, the stories were similar in the representation of the
secondary characters. With Hamlet as the influential theme
for the movie The Lion King it resulted in arguably one of
the best animated films of all time. Classical influences
should be more widely recognized by the