Saturday, September 11, 2010

Did the Stories of Joseph and Moses influence The Lion King?

The Lion King mixes two famous Bible stories together to make a very entertaining movie. It begins with a Joseph-esq story line. There are two brothers, Scar and Mufasa. Mufasa was the privileged brother that became King and Scar was very jealous of his brother. Similarly, Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and the fact that their father favored him. Joseph, like Mufasa, was a much better person than his brothers. Scar’s jealousy leads him to devise a plan to kill Mufasa, which is executed perfectly. Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery in order to get rid of him. Joseph goes on to make a great name for himself and live a good life, while Mufasa dies. Then, the movie takes a shift and feels much more like the Moses story. Scar convinces Simba that the only option for him is to run away, and Moses is forced to run away from Egypt, as well. Both find new places to live that seem to be good places. However, God has another plan for Moses. God wants Moses to go back to Egypt and bring his people out of oppression. Similarly, Simba encounters Nala, which leads him into a more supernatural encounter with the spirit of his father, much like Moses burning bush experience. This encounter convinces him to go back and rescue his pride. Scar and the Pharaoh both oppress the good and do not lead their kingdoms fairly.  Simba and Moses both succeed in their quest and go on to lead their pride/people.

*One interesting difference in the movie and the Bible is the significance of the stars. In The Lion King, the stars represent past kings that watch over the pride. However, the Bible clearly states that the stars are simply lesser lights. The idea of lesser lights went against the popular idea of the time that stars were gods watching the people below. So in this instance the Bible and The Lion King vary greatly. 

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