You’ll get a brand-new name
straight from the mouth of God.
You’ll be a stunning crown…
because God delights in you.
- Isaiah 62
The Lion King
Directors: Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff
Year: June 1994
Plot Outline: Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt -ridden lion cub named Simba flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.
Scene: Faced with the decision of whether to return to his pride and lead his Father’s kingdom, a now grown Simba receives counsel from his Father’s old friend and sage, Rafiki.
Director: Ridley Scott
Year: May 2000
Plot Outline: A loyal Roman general (Russell Crowe) is betrayed by an insecure, power-hungry young ruler (Joaquin Phoenix.) After his family is murdered and he is forced to become a slave, the general returns to Rome as a gladiator, seeking revenge and justice.
Scene: Winning another astounding victory in a Coliseum battle, the crowd’s favorite gladiator catches the new Emperor’s interest. When he demands that the gladiator reveal his true identity, the Emperor is shocked to find himself face to face with the man he thought he had executed.
Artist: Alanis Morissette
Album: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Label: Maverick Records, 1999
Overview: The narrator of the song receives news that a childhood friend’s daughter is threatening suicide. The lyrics, in the form of a phone message to her friend’s daughter, relay her insightful but somewhat surprising response. She does not offer up coddled platitudes, but challenges and questions what truly makes us a whole person.