Early American Post

The story of Casabianca highlighted the author’s views of moral and immoral. The teenager, Casabianca, accompanied his father on a ship. His father was commander of the war ship and they engaged in a terrible battle upon the Nile River. During the bloodshed, his father placed young Casabianca in a particular place of the ship and ordered him not to move till his father addressed him to. His father then walked away to conduct his duties and in the mist of it all, he passed. Casabianca did not move from that spot. He cried out many times, “Father May I go?” and with no response, Casabianca stood there and obeyed his father’s orders.


In a way this short story reminded me of the 1994 Disney movie, The Lion King. In The Lion King, there is also a strong father/son bond. There is one scene in particular which highlights this. The scene where Mufasa dies is a heartbreaking and heroic part of the movie, just as the short story Casabianca. Both Mufasa and Casablanca’s father did whatever was necessary to protect their sons. They put their selves at risk and in the end, ended up dying. Both fathers share similar characteristics yet the children, Casabianca and Simba differ, Casabianca was obedient where as Simba was not. Simba would have never endangered himself or his father, if he had never wondered off into the canyons. Yet one thing that is not questionable is their love for their children, and that is what kept Casabianca and Simba alive.


Abbot, Messrs. “Casabianca.” Mount Vernon Reader: A Course of Reading Lessons. 1841. 139. Print.”Forgotten Chapters of Boston’s Literary History: Casabianca.” MESSRS. ABBOTT, Mount Vernon Reader, a Course of Reading Lessons, New York: Collins, Keese & Co., 1841. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.


“The Death of Mufasa – The Lion King.” YouTube. YouTube. Web. 19 Oct. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iloXUw6B4RM>.