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The Lion King Good vs. Evil

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Good vs. Evil

SCAR: We're gonna kill him. And Simba, too.

Scar plots to kill his family members here. Do we need to explain why that's evil?

SCAR: I'll be king, undisputed, respected, saluted, and seen for the wonder I am.

Scar's power-hungry manipulations mark him as a truly evil and malevolent character.

SCAR: My teeth and ambitions are bared.

Here, we can see how closely ambition—i.e., the desire for power—is linked to violence for Scar.

SCAR: Long live the king.

Scar says these words to Mufasa as he's throwing his brother off the sheer face of a cliff. At this point in the film, it looks as though evil is triumphing over good.

NALA: Everything's destroyed. There's no food. No water. Simba, if you don't do something soon, everyone will starve.

With her deep sense of responsibility and desire to restore good to the Pride Lands, Nala is a perfect interlocutor for the world-weary and insecure Simba. Sadly, it will be a while before the young prince is fully convinced to return home.

NALA: He's gone back … Simba's gone to challenge Scar.

Nala is talking about the final battle between Scar and Simba—the one where the ongoing struggle between good and evil is finally settled.

SCAR: I am the king—I can do whatever I want.

Scar's power-hungry megalomania is beautifully described in this quote. He's in direct opposition to his brother, who only believed in doing what was right for his subjects.

SIMBA: I'm not a murderer!

Simba finally understands that it was Scar who killed Mufasa. This purges him of his guilt and makes it possible for him to defeat his evil uncle.

SIMBA: You don't deserve to live.

Simba says this to Scar after Scar confesses to Mufasa's murder. The young prince is clearly in support of the death penalty for murderers.

SCAR: It's the hyenas who are the real enemy! It was their fault! It was their idea!

A final showcasing of Scar's evil: he shifts the blame whenever he can, trying to save his own hide by blaming the hyenas for his machinations.

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