The Character Analysis of Simba

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

The Disney film: The lion King tells the story of an epic journey of a young lion named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king.

Simba is the son of Mufasa and the next heir to the throne, the future king of Pride land. In the beginning of the movie, when Simba was young, he had a very high curiosity drive. From the first time that his father showed him the kingdom, he wondered about "the shadowy place" just outside of the kingdom's boundaries. And that is how Simba's curiosity worked against him. Simba felt that he never got to go anywhere or do anything. Simba wanted, so much, to be like his father, and he felt like he had gotten the chance to "play king" when his Uncle Scar told him that there was an elephant graveyard just beyond the boundaries of the Pride Lands, Simba just had to go check it out. Consequently, he put not only himself in danger, but also Nala and Zazu.

As a carefree cub, he "just can't wait to be king," and spends his days frolicking with his pal, Nala. His father, King Mufasa, teaches him about the "circle of life" -- the delicate balance of nature which bonds all animals together -- and cautions him to prepare for the day when he will be called upon to lead.

However, Mufasa’s evil brother, Scar, is jealous of Simba and plots to kill Simba and Mufasa, making him the throne he longed for. He and his hyena henchmen lured Simba into the path of a wildebeest stampede in which Mufasa is killed trying to save his son. Scar convinces Simba that he is responsible for his father's death and urges him to run far away from the Pride Lands and never return. A frightened and guilt-ridden Simba flees into exile where he is befriended by a wacky but warm-hearted warthog named Pumbaa and his free-wheeling meerkat companion, Timon.
Under the dubious guidance of this nature's odd couple, Simba adopts their "Hakuna...