Gender Stereotypes In The Film Mulan

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“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and beautiful of all” (Emperor in China). Directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1998, Mulan is an animated movie of a young girl that fears her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military. Mulan takes his spot though she is a girl living under a patriarchal regime, meaning she is unqualified to serve. She then impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Mulan strengthens a binary comprehension of gender stereotypes that privilege men over women and how difficult it is to escape stereotypical gender roles. The first element I noticed the producers used in the movie was music. The film starts with an arrangement in which Mulan is dressed and made up to meet the town matchmaker to find her marriage prospects. In the patriarchal system, this is the only way a lady can convey honor to her family. The sequence incorporates a song, which Mulan's family and the town sing together, with these lyrics: “A girl can bring her family great honor in one way by striking a good match and this could be the day”. The meeting with the matchmaker is a fiasco and as she leaves, the matchmaker shouts to Mulan "You will never bring your family respect!" Mulan feels sad and battles between needing to bring her family honor and to be herself.
In "Reflection," her battle is uncovered and Mulan sings "Who is that young lady I see/Staring straight back at me." She doesn't
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