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The Lion King is a story containing many archetypes Archetypes are patterns or models of literature that reoccur in many stories In this paper I will discuss three of these archetypes They are the hero death rebirth of the hero and the symbolism and associations of water vs desert These archetypes can be noticed easily and help things come together The Lion King has a very evident hero Simba Simba meets many of the characteristics of an archetypal hero Among these is the way that he is taken away from his home the Pridelands and grows up with Timon and Pumbaa After Simba arrives with Timon and Pumbaa we see very little of his life until he is fully grown When the film returns to Simba he soon decides to return to Pride Rock and face his past He returns to save his kingdom from its desolation caused by Scar and the hyenas and to restore it to its glory The hero of a story commonly goes through some of these events Simba faces a common archetypal situation death and rebirth Although Simba never physically dies in spirit he does die The spiritual death of Simba is when he runs away from the Pridelands into the desert Everyone in the Pridelands thinks that he has physically died In fact he nearly does die in the desert Luckily Timon and Pumbaa find him and keep him alive The spiritual resurrection of Simba occurs when he returns to his home at Pride Rock Everyone discovers that Simba is alive It seems as if he has risen from the dead to them because for such a long time they believed that he was dead At Pride Rock Simba returns to his previous life and faces all of his problems The symbolism of water and desert in the Lion King is very important Water often accompanies a change in
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