Study Guide

The Lion King Manipulation

Manipulation

SCAR: But the king is dead. And if it weren't for you, he'd still be alive.

Scar manipulates Simba into believing that his puny baby roar caused the wildebeest stampede that killed his father.

SCAR: I will be king. Stick with me, and you'll never go hungry again!

Here, Scar makes some insanely empty promises to a pack of hyenas in order to get them to kill his brother and nephew.

SCAR: I know it sounds sordid / But you'll be rewarded / When you have given your due.

Scar continues to make empty promises to the beleaguered hyenas, this time in song form.

SCAR: Now, you wait here. Your father has a marvelous surprise for you.

Scar has lured Simba into the gorge in an attempt to get him killed.

SCAR: Mufasa, quick! Stampede! In the gorge! Simba's down there!

Scar lures Mufasa into the gorge to save his son, ultimately sending the king to his death.

SCAR: Mufasa's death was a terrible tragedy. But to lose Simba, who had barely begun to live …

Here, Scar attempts to convince the pride that the deaths of Mufasa and Simba were accidental and not some elaborate evil plan he sang about in an elephant graveyard.

SCAR: You know the law: never, ever mention THAT name in my presence. I … am … the KING!

Scar is actually so insecure about his kinghood—probably because it was ill-gotten—that he's made a law that forbids anyone from mentioning Mufasa's name. That's some intense manipulation.

SCAR: It's the lionesses' job to do the hunting.

Scar has passed the buck to the lionesses, blaming them for the food shortage when really, he's the one to blame.

SCAR: I'm 10 times the king Mufasa was.

Nice try, Scar. There aren't many who would believe this lie.

SCAR: Oh, must this all end in violence? I'd hate to be responsible for the death of a family member. Wouldn't you agree, Simba?

Once again, Scar is playing mind games with Simba, trying to get him to believe he's committed patricide.

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