Film Analysis- The Lion King
This movie is about a young lion born into royalty, being the cub of the lion king who is the ruler of all animals within the African Dessert. The king, Mufasa, is a charismatic leader that keeps the interest of all of his fellow animals in mind. He is loved by all and the birth of his son is an extravagant event in the animal kingdom. A Simba gets older he quickly understands his place in the animal kingdom. The only animal that is against Mufasa is the antagonist Scar (his brother) who plans to kill him and Simba in order to take over the Pride Lands
Scar ends up attempting to kill both Mufasa and Simba with a stampede, Mufasa sacrifices his life to save Simba. Scar convinces Simba that it is his fault that his father died and forces him out of the kingdom. He grows up with his newfound friends Timone and Pumba while his Uncle Scar takes over the kingdom as a dictatorship. Simba ultimately returns and takes over the kingdom, living happily ever after
The depiction of Mufasa throughout the movie is a charismatic leader possessing a genuine he has the “gift of grace” that allows him to lead. In Weber’s analysis of leadership his depiction of charismatic leadership is an exact reference to the personality of Mufasa. His heroism and drawing enthusiasm is what distinguishes him as a charismatic leader. All of his actions benefit the animal kingdom. Scar would be considered a traditional leader, since he was the brother of Mufasa and Simba was presumed to be dead, he was the next in line to take over. His postion was inherited not earned. He did not put forth any merit in order to get the position, he was able to just move up in line. The animals respect Scar because they fear him and his postion. Once Simba regains his position, he possess not only a traditional leadership role but also a charismatic type leadership because adored by all.
Another way to analyze the movie is to analyze the class structure that seems to be distinguishable from the first scenes, there is a baptismal like celebration for Simba’s birth. All of the animals are gathered around to celebrate the birth of the lion kings son. This automatically shows there is hierarchal structure evident within the animal kingdom. Weber analyzes class as a group of people that share “life chances” I assume that the life chances/oppurtunities for the lions were what made them able to take the thrown and rule the kingdom.
Weber defines party as individual interests that aimed at influencing communal action.It is obvious based on the two different leadership styles that Scar and Mufasa’s partys would be different according to Weber. They both have different agenda for the Kingdom, Scar seems to focus solely on himself and what benefits he can gain from ruling, while Mufasa develops interpersonal relationships with other animals.