2010年6月15日星期二

The Lion King: A Sociological Analysis


     The article The Lion King: A Sociological Analysis written by a blogger Mo, analyzes the Disney movie Lion King, discussing the issues of gender and racial stereotypes within the movie. By analyzing the characters in the film and what they symbolize, he reflects people and phenomenon that exist in reality, that are immersed in the anime, which is originally created for kids and discusses the impact of such.
     Most parents let their children watch Disney cartoons and films, because they consider that the Disney cartoons and films don’t bring the negative aspects to the child. But they don’t really notice that the roles made by Disney films imply to different kinds of sociological issues, such as, sexism and racism to the audience. “Gender roles are behaviors we expect from males or females that we would qualify as masculine or feminine” (Ipe, 2009), and in Lion King, these gender roles are applied to the lions.
     As Mo pointed out, the female lions are portrayed to be intelligent, friendly, warm, and kind in personality; the male lions on the other hand, are the ones who fight for the power, and also represent are the leaders, the symbol of power in the society. This image itself is a typical gender stereotype that describes what roles females should play and what roles males should play in society.
     Another example would be, Lion King shows what female and male have different roles in society. “[W]omen provide food and bathe children, men become kings and teach children to hunt” (Mo); another traditional assumption of gender roles. This is completely sexist as this doesn’t fit in with reality anymore; equality among genders has improved greatly, and not only  women can take care of the family, they also can do everything as men, and some women earn more money than men in society in today. Yet this is what the all time favorite of many children is displaying to them.
     Mo doesn’t just discuss gender and provide solid examples in his article, but also goes on to talk about race, religion and class as well.
                                                           Works Cited
Iz, Mo. "The Lion King: A Sociological Analysis." 4Rlz-Reality Cheque n. pag. Web. 26 May 2010.
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Ipe, A. (2009, Fall). Sociology 100 social structure/organization. Camosun College.


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