Analysis Of Disney 's ' The Ballad Of Mulan '

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Disney’s Individualistic 1998 Mulan Folktale Folktales are the wise grandfathers of literature capturing the beliefs, lessons, and, ideologies of the human experience. The American entertainment company Walt Disney is pretty clever for making folktales the pinnacle of their classic films. Disney’s 1998 film Mulan has successfully reached a global audience by remodeling the Chinese folktale poem The Ballad of Mulan with its universal theme of feminism. When comparing Disney 's western individualistic film version Mulan to the culturally collectivistic The Ballad of Mulan Mulan the brave heroine has a different attitude towards gender roles, motivation to join the military, and a different celebration upon her return home. The Ballad of Mulan is not just any folktale of Chinese culture it has political and historical significance. It’s canonized in Chinese literature and used by China’s government in primary schools to teach students new ideologies about female equality where they study, recite, and memorize the poem because in the previous feudal China era boys were favored over girls (Xu and Tian 203). The tale challenges China’s old gender roles through the heroine Mulan who honors her collectivistic duty to take her elderly fathers place in the military because he has no son’s and becomes a great warrior despite her gender. Consequently, other societies like Walt Disney has appreciated The Ballad of Mulan’s universal moral for feminism. According to Xu and

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