Friday, January 18, 2013

Mufasa: To Die For

SIMBA: "Will I like the surprise?"
SCAR: "Simba, it's to die for."

Take a moment and think about the words, "To die for." That ring I found on Amazon--- it's to die for! That new indie band? Their new CD is to die for! The people of the world--- they are to die for (?).

To die for. Three very powerful words. Especially to the character Mufasa, king of the pridelands. When using these words to describe him, you can imagine a true hero.

Do you think of him as the victim of an evil plot or as a hero? When you think about it, he didn't have to save Simba during the wildebeest stampede. But still, he did. If Simba had kept his grip, Mufasa could have waited it out. But he decided his son's life mattered just as much.

He truly loved his son, and all of the pride lands, to death. Even though he is strong and seemingly fearless, he still fears for the ones he loves. For Nala, for Zazu, for Simba--- all of them. We learned this during Simba's post, "Enemies Beware." He was willing to risk his life for his son, and always did whatever he could to ensure everyone safety. And more than that, he didn't put himself on a pedestal. You may notice that he treats Zazu like a friend even though he is his servant.

He is an example of faith, love, and sacrifice. He gave his life for the person who mattered the most to him (with the exception of Sarabi). If you ask me, I think he lived his life to the fullest.

Mufasa's best lines
"Don't turn your back on me, Scar."
"Before sunrise, he's YOUR son."
"We are all connected in the great circle of life."
"You deliberately disobeyed me!"
"Nobody messes with your dad!"
"The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars. Those kings will always be there to guide you, and so will I."
"You are more than what you have become."
"Remember who you are."

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