Disney’s Dirty Deed

While reading Othello in class, a friend pointed out to me how related the storyline was to Aladdin.  After some pondering, I realized how very similar the story lines were. Disney ripped off Shakespeare! Well, they didn’t exactly copy his story line per se, but you can definitely tell some of the characters were inspired by Shakespeare’s characters.  First off, Jafar’s evil sidekick, the little bird, is named Iago.  Guess what? So is the name of Shakespeare’s antagonist! In Shakespeare’s play, Iago is this deceiving, and only cares about giving himself a better name and obtaining his own selfish wants. In both stories, they are sidekicks to a person of greater power.  Iago in Aladdin is the sidekick to Jafar, as stated above, and Iago in Othello is the sidekick to Othello. Now, in Aladdin, Iago the bird isn’t the one who portrays this trait, but rather Jafar.  Jafar just wants more power, and so does Iago from Shakespeare.  They are both selfish and will do whatever it takes to get what they want, which is a higher rank in power. Who says Shakespeare is boring? Obviously not if undoubtedly many children around the world may be watching Aladdin at this very moment!


On an off note, please excuse the fact that my past two posts have been Disney related.  I just really love Disney, and since I recently went to Disneyland/California, I am still “Disney hungover.”  Disney just really makes me happy, and since Disneyland is known to be “the happiest place on earth” its bound to make other people happy too, right? So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that my blog still ties back to my title, “smile” because many things Disney makes many people smile!


One thought on “Disney’s Dirty Deed

  1. Othello isn’t the only work of Shakespeare that Disney borrowed a storyline from. The Lion King is strikingly similar to Hamlet. There is an evil uncle who takes over the kingdom after the King’s (his brother) death. In both the book and the movie, it is the uncle who kills the King when he is most vulnerable, when he is asleep or hanging on the edge of a cliff. The King’s son learns of his uncle’s evil and sets things straight. Like Hamlet’s encounter with his father’s ghost, Simba speaks to his father who is a spirit in the stars. In short, The Lion King is simply the kid-friendly, animal version of Hamlet.

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