Beat 4 – Rising Action
Simba runs away from the Pride Lands and nearly dies in a wasteland before being rescued by a meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa. He ends up going with them and living in the jungle with a group of outcast animals. Simba grows up living a carefree “Hakuna Matata” life, leaving behind his responsibilities as a prince.
However, he cannot forget his past entirely and is still haunted by it. A young lioness from the kingdom, Nola, arrives and tells him how bad things are back home. Simba resists any thought of returning home.
Beat 5 – Midpoint
While Nala fails to convince Simba to return, Rafiki, the shaman from the Pride Lands, discovers that Simba still lives and comes to find him. He leads the reluctant prince to a reflecting pool. There, Simba is visited by the spirit of Mufasa, who tells him that he must return to the Pride Lands and take his rightful place as the king. Simba still resists, but Rafiki reminds him that his father lives in him and that the kingdom needs him.
Beat 6 – Plot Point 2
He eventually agrees and sets out with Nala and his new friends to reclaim his kingdom. When he arrives, he sees the desolation of the Pride Lands and discovers that Scar has abused his mother. Simba reacts with a new determination to make things right,