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AP ENGLISH IV -8th period

22 JAN 2018

Existential Film Project
Essay

Disney has created some extraordinary films, The Lion
King as one of them. This is one of the best examples of it being an existential
film, there is many different examples of that within in the film. One is realization
that they are hopeless and their efforts are futile, freedom after despair and
last is fear, trembling and anxiety, Simba is a character who goes through
mental hell and back, the trauma of losing his father in front of him, and
thinking it was him his whole life, then he confronts his demons and conquers
them, he is by far the strongest character in the “Lion King.”

The first is, retaliation that they are hopeless and
their efforts are futile Simba was destined to be the next king after his
father, but as we know that this is an existential film, nothing goes according
to plan or in this case destiny. Simba’s father is killed by his Uncle to take
his thrown. He succeeds for a very long time as Simba runs off because of the
death of his father. He questioned life as he is now no longer the prince and
future queen he used to be. “Look, Sometimes bad things happen– and there’s
nothing you can do about it. So why worry?” –Older Simba. At this point in the
movie, he has accepted his fate of being banished from his home and that he is
on his own.

 

The next is freedom and despair. This one is more into
the middle of Simba’s life, at this point he is pretty grown up. After his banishment,
he’s free. More free that if he had stayed or his father not had died. He can
do what he wants and doesn’t have to worry about the responsibilities as a king
or prince. But what he does do is that he decides to fight his demons, his
past. His father comes to him, it is his time to return to his home, his people
have suffered for too long, he has abandon his future, his past, as his father
put it; “You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten
me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become.”
With the film coming to an end he and his friends; Nala, Pumbaa and Timon. They
go and capture the thrown. Though the despair of losing in pride, mother, home
and his father, he came back to took what he thought was rightfully his.

Last is fear, trembling
and anxiety. Simba had to finally face what he had be hiding for so long, his
past. As Rafiki put it, “Oh yes,
the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it or, learn from it.”
This is telling, Simba has been told by his father and by Rifiki (the monkey or
the baboon) to face his past, to face his uncle. He confronted his uncle and
took the thrown back. He became the rightful owner and balance was restored.

Simba was a young lion when his father was brutally
killed. At this young and tender age he did not really grasp the concept of death,
fearful and humiliated by his uncle he was casted out of the only place he
knew. Simba is the most noble, brave and strongest character in the whole
movie. I notice that when Scar was in charge, food and water were scares, and
when Simba reclaimed the thrown, it seemed that everything was balanced once
again, this sounds very much like Hamlet. I wonder even after all the crap that
happened within the Savannah, if will ever return completely back to normal? 

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