Hamlet and The Lion King Devin Wootton EDU 262
An Introduction to Hamlet and basic Character Types • Goal: Students will brainstorm traits of main characters from The Lion King. • Procedure: For each of the following slides students (in groups of 2-3) will brainstorm facts about the character portrayed (about 2 minutes per slide) • The facts listed will be used to make correlations between the characters of The Lion King and the characters of Hamlet
Simba • Hero of the story, or Protagonist • Prince • His father is murdered by his uncle • Exiled (forced to flee) • Is uncertain if he should challenge his uncle • Eventually returns and takes revenge • Dynamic Character • Just like….
Mufasa • King • Murdered by his brother • Just and kind ruler • Beloved by his people and Family • Static Character • Just like….
Scar • Villain or Antagonist • Brother of the king • Jealous • Murders the king and takes over the throne • Exiles Simba • Static Character • Just like….
Sarabi • Mother of Simba • Loves her son • Serves both Mufasa and Scar as king • Dynamic Character or Static Character depending on interpretation • Just like…
Timone and Pumba • Funny • Tell Simba “hakunamatata” (No Worries) • Not very smart • Friends of Simba • Stock Characters • Just like….
Zazu • Assistant to the king • Windbag (Talks a lot) • Always worried • Stock Character • Just like….
Nala • Loves Simba • Childhood friend • Brings Simba back • Confidante • Just like….
Ophelia and/or Horatio As we read the play and watch the film it will be come clear why both of these characters relate to Nala. The stories are not an exact match. Be aware that the first paper we write for Hamlet will be about one of these two characters
Teacher Notes • Find out how many of your students have seen The Lion King • Group students who have with students who have not • Have groups write down their facts and traits before revealing those on each slide • Make sure students add the bold words on each slide to their notes