S Ta Te oF Na Tu Re

This week we continue our study of the Roots of our Republic and Applying Knowledge to New Situations.  We viewed the scene from The Lion King that depicts Mufasa’s death.

Respond to the following question by leaving a comment or respond to a previous comment to get a discussion going. 

How does this scene depict a state of nature?

Get ready for the tears…

7 thoughts on “S Ta Te oF Na Tu Re

  1. Dear students at the Conch,
    When I watched this clip, it reminded me of an amazing collection of western art I just went to see at our local art gallery. Instead of being set in Africa, the art is about Native Americans on the hunt for buffalo.

    Like your clip, these amazing watercolors showed what life was like back in the early 1800s when the buffalo were everywhere in the midwestern plains. The size and numbers were very similar to the stampede shown in your clip.

    The artwork also shared how violent deaths can be in this kind of environment. But the artist also painted/sketched how reverently the Native Americans and trappers treated the buffaloes they killed. Some of the white people hunted for sport instead of for eating and survival, but that wasn’t well accepted.

    If you want to see these amazing watercolors, you can check some of them out online at http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/Exhibitions/ajmiller/index.cfm . Be sure to use the magnifying glass to get close up on the pictures…the details tell you so much about life on the plains. I loved the exhibit.

    Mrs. R

  2. Hi Leah,
    It’s a shame there weren’t any laws to prevent Mufasa’s death. 🙁 Locke believed it is the government’s job to protect our natural rights. What law could have helped prevent Mufasa’s death. Think about laws we have to protect people from being injured in traffic. By the way, did you watch the new version? It is heartbreaking to watch Simba grieve for Mufasa. 🙁

  3. This scene is a state of nature because there are no laws against starting a stampede and everything is crazy. This is what John Locke believed a state of nature was, no laws to protect our life, liberty, and property!

  4. Hi Brandon,
    What is a state of nature according to John Locke? Do you remember the scenario we used in class? Respond to these questions using your foldable or your Natural Rights handout.

  5. It depicts a state of nature by Mufasas death and how they didnt have any rope or any ladder so Mufasa had to use his claws to kinda climb up the moutian.

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