Mufasa- All is well today in the circle of life, except my brother keeps nagging me. I swear he will be the death of me…
Rafiki– @The_Lion_King Deez coconuts agree! But death is not the end of you Mufasa! HEEHEEHEE
Timone + Pumba– @The_Lion_king Dont listen to the monkey! His head is an empty coconut. BTW You gotta check out this grub! A meal for a king!
Simba- @The_Lion_King Pshaw Dad we’re lions! We eat wildebeasts for breakfast. How could you ever be stopped?
I have probably seen this movie over 50 times in my life. I remember watching it back and forth multiple times a day as a child. I have seen this even more after my two little sisters started watching it as often as I did. These characters are ones that have stuck with me throughout my life. This conversation that I made between them is a foreshadowing for Mufasa’s demise.
Although his downfall was sad, it was necessary as well. I say this because the Lion King follows Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Story.
Think of any epic story or movie you have seen. These stories may seem totally different but actually has a lot of similar themes. According to Joseph Campbell, any hero story is actually the same story told in different ways. One aspect of this universal story is that of the Master, and the death of the master. In this event, The powerful, protective character dies, leaving the hero alone and unguided. Many examples come to mind- Obi Wan Kenobi of Star Wars, Gandalf of the Lord of the Rings, Dumbledore of The Harry Potter series are the most popular ones. In all of these example, the mentor or the powerful protector dies, leaving the heroes to fend for themselves finally. In doing so, they learn more about themselves and grow from it. So too is the death of Mufasa for Simba.