The Lion King: The Circle of The Tree of Life


“You have forgotten who you are, and so have forgotten me.” – Mufasa, The Lion King

As far as modern fairy tales go, there are few more poignant and powerful in their stark symbolism than Disney’s The Lion King. This may be because its plot is loosely based on that of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but regardless of what sources its creators drew inspiration from, the fact remains that The Lion King is a beautiful and powerful contemporary embodiment of timeless and universal Truths which transcend time, culture, religions, etc.

As usual, the expression of these timeless Truths is not as simple as watching the movie and taking from it literal and superficial themes of governance, environmental stewardship, loyalty, responsibility of the individual, family, etc. But the most powerful—and perhaps the most problematic—is the theme, “The Circle of Life.” If interpreted simply as presented in the film, it can easily feed our…

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