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A sons tragedy a brothers betrayal A story of responsibility and revenge is that of William Shakespeares tragedy Hamlet The theme in the play Hamlet is one that is great in age and remains present even in todays entertainment A modern story which shares this theme is Disneys 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 characters 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 fathers 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 brothers shadow and were envious of
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