Character Essay

The Lion King is an animated tale movie produced by the Walt Disney
Feature Animation studio and launched by Walt Disney Pictures. It is an
epic film based on an empire of African Lions. In the film, Simba is a
young lion and the official heir of his father’s (Mufasa) kingship.
Nonetheless, Simba’s Uncle (Scar) tricks him into believing that he
killed his father. This makes Simba to run away from home in order to
escape shame and embarrassment of having killed his father. He lives in
exile until he matures. His friends, Rafiki and Nala, advise him to go
back home and end Scar’s tyranny. The following essay is a
comprehensive character analysis of Simba.
Simba is extremely inquisitive concerning the world. He wants to
understand everything that is happening around. For example, he inquires
from his father how he feels as a king. He urges his father to explain
to him his experience as a leader. Moreover, he shows special interest
in discovering what the graveyard Scar, his uncle mentions contain
(Ebert, 1994).
This character is also ambitious. He starts developing interest of
becoming a king like his father when he was still a cub. When his father
informs him that he has potential of ruling the entire land that he can
see in the horizon, his determination of becoming a king raises a notch
higher. Simba’s determination for becoming a king is evident from his
song line that asserts, “I just can`t wait to be king” (Ebert, 1994).
The film depicts Simba as an immature and naïve character. For
instance, he agrees to go to the Elephant Graveyard in spite of the fact
that he knew Mufasa had prohibited it. This is probably he was not aware
that his actions could have grave consequences. He obeys Scar’s
proposal that they should go to that, place without thinking the
possible reasons that could have made his father forbidden the lions
from visiting the elephant graveyard (Maslin, 1994). Moreover, agrees to
take responsibility of his father’s death in spite of the fact that he
knew he did not kill his father. This proves he is very immature because
he is just a cub with little knowledge for making critical decisions.
Simba is also a carefree character. When Scar succeeds in making Simba
feel guilty of his father’s death, he runs to hide in the jungle
living behind his kingdom with no leader. As a king, he had
responsibility of taking care of the affairs of the kingdom, but he
neglects this responsibility for his selfish reasons. He lives an
untroubled life in the exile while his kingdom continues suffering under
the tyrannical leadership of his uncle until he comes across Pumba and
Timon (Korman, Williams, & Russell, 2003). These friends encourage Simba
to take responsibility as a leader so that he could rescue his empire.
At some point, Simba is neglectful of his duties. He goes into exile
because he allegedly killed his father. During this period, he lives an
irresponsible life under the motto “hakuna matata” or there are no
worries (Maslin, 1994). As he talks with Pumba and Timon, it becomes
clear that he is no longer interested in accomplishing his leadership
obligations. His friends try to urge him to go back to his homeland so
that he could save his kingdom, but he ran away instead of taking their
advice.
Simba is also focused and hardworking. When Nala finds him and narrates
to him about his past, he starts imagining how his life could be if he
had retained his kingship. In addition, after Rafiki takes him to the
pond where he sees his father’s image, he gains courage for going back
home to rescue his kingdom from his uncle (Korman, Williams, & Russell,
2003).
Lastly, the film does depict Simba as a mature character towards the
end. He fights to regain his rightful position as a king. He also takes
the responsibility of leading Lions land into its past glory. During his
exile period, Scar had let the land deteriorate into wasteland (Maslin,
1994).
References
Korman, J., Williams, D., & Russell, H. A. R. (2003). The lion king. New
York: Random House/Golden Books.
Maslin, J. (1994). The Lion King (1994). New York Times. Web. Retrieved
on January 19, 2014 from
http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9501E0DE163DF936A25755C0A9629582
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Ebert, R. (1994). The Lion King. Web. Retrieved on January 19, 2014 from
http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-lion-king-1994
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