Religion in Disney's The Lion King

Life's greatest adventure is finding your place in the Circle of Life


In the story The Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve are forbidden to eat the fruit of one tree. Eve recruits Adam, they both eat the fruit and are then banished.  






In The Lion King, Mufasa tells Simba he is forbidden to go to the elephant graveyard. Simba, provoked by Scar, decides that he is going to go against his father’s wishes and brings Nala with him. One difference that does exist here is Simba takes Nala with him, whereas in The Garden Of Eden, Eve takes Adam. In both cases, they both know it is wrong, and they both continue. This may be seen as the beginning of the destruction of nature’s harmony and happiness.




When Mufasa dies, Scar makes Simba believe he is to blame and tells him to leave. Simba is therefore “banished” from the Pride Lands, as Adam and Eve were The Garden of Eden.


After “killing” his father, Simba leaves the Pride Lands and travels through desert. This event alludes to the story of Moses.



Moses “fled to the desert after killing an Egyptian and was there ministered and taken in by the family of Jethro”. While alone in the desert, Simba is found by Timon and Pumba and taken in. These two stories are very similar in events.


When Simba returns to the Pride Lands to take back his title of king, he has to fight Scar. This fight happens on the tallest rock in the kingdom. Simba is the winner in the end, throwing Scar over the side of the rock where he becomes food for Hyenas. Simba is then looked at as the hero of the Pride Lands, saving the animals from chaos, starvation, and extinction.  This is similar to biblical narratives in the way of the Savior rescuing humanity by conquering Satan.

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