Study Guide

The Lion King Family

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We know we've already said this a million times, but we feel the need to say it again: family is where it's at in The Lion King. When it comes down to it, this is the story of a family of lions trying to avoid being screwed over by one very malicious family member.

By juxtaposing Mufasa and Scar, The Lion King is basically showing us two models of being in a family. The first, Mufasa, is one of good kinsmanship and compassion; the second, Scar, is one of self-serving manipulation and a total lack of loyalty to one's brethren.

Questions About Family

  1. What are the qualities of a good family in The Lion King?
  2. In what ways does power affect the dynamic among Mufasa, Scar, and Simba?
  3. How does the Circle of Life relate to the concept of family?

Chew on This

In The Lion King, familial bonds ultimately prevail over political ones.

What brings Simba back to Pride Rock is not a desire for power but rather a desire to be loyal to his family.

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