The Lion King And Macbeth Comparative Essay

analytical Essay
496 words
496 words

Comparing and Contrasting Ambitious Characters in The Lion King and Macbeth “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (The Holy Bible, Matthew 5:5). This quote is the third Beatitude in “The Bible” which means that any person who exhibits self-control and modesty will be rewarded with peace, prosperity and eternal life. There are many stories in the bible, as well as novels, plays, and motion pictures that help display the consequences of not leading a humble life. Macbeth (from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”) and Scar (from Rob Minkoff and Roger Aller’s “The Lion King”) are two characters that fail to portray the virtues of the third Beatitude. In both adaptations, there are many parallels between both characters as they possess selfish qualities and murder for their own benefits. Although Scar and Macbeth both commit regicide out of their own desire for power and create chaos among the land, Macbeth presents moral qualities while Scar is corrupt and dishonest throughout the “Lion King”. The main characters of both adaptations bring attention to the …show more content…

In Macbeth, Macbeth kills Duncan purely out of selfish desire for power. After the three witches give Macbeth the prophecy that he will become Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and King, he considers murdering King Duncan in order for him to become king. After Ross delivers the news that he has just been rewarded with the title “Thane of Cawdor”, he contemplates whether he will kill King Duncan or not and how he will do it: “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good... If good why do I yield to that suggestion, whose horrid image doth unfix my hair... my thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical” (1.3.127-141). In the end, the only thing that convinces Macbeth to go along with murder is his own greed and

In this essay, the author

  • Compares and contrasts ambitious characters in the lion king and macbeth. both characters possess selfish qualities and murder for their own benefit.
  • Analyzes how "the lion king" and "macbeth" introduce a gracious and noble king who is dissatisfied with because they are jealous of their power and praise.
  • Analyzes how scar is jealous of his brother mufasa's sovereignty and decides that he will kill him to become king.
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