Movie Analysis : ' Mulan '

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Erin Doremus
CMST 101-004
28 April 2017
Film Analysis-Mulan
Little girls everywhere spend their childhoods watching the princesses portrayed in Disney movies, dreaming about the day they too will meet their prince charming. They see how Sleeping Beauty is woken up by a prince, Cinderella marries a prince, Sleeping Beauty turns a beast into a prince, and countless other instances of a girl just like them meeting their perfect man. Disney is infamous for their outdated illustration of gender roles. Mulan is one of the first Disney princess movies in which, instead of waiting for her prince, the heroine actually saves the day, or in this case, China. Mulan makes a variety of statements about gender roles that can be examined through many
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Mulan can be applauded for being one of the few movies in which the princess isn 't a delicate character that needs saving. "Pocahontas, Mulan, and The Princess and the Frog, had princesses who displayed more masculine than feminine characteristics in their three most frequent characteristics. This suggests a chronological movement towards a more androgynous princess"(England). Mulan is a great step towards the advancement in the way gender roles are presented in movies, however; there is still major underrepresentation and misrepresentation of females in media. Rebecca Collins studies the effects of media on mental health. She states, "If young girls do not see themselves reflected in media, this diminish their sense of importance and self-esteem"(Collins). It is important to be critical of how Mulan represents women, because young girls look up to the female characters they see in Disney movies.
Another way to analyze gender in Mulan is to examine society 's expectations of female versus male roles. In Mulan, it is apparent that society has different expectations for each gender and the roles they should play. Before she meets with the matchmaker, Mulan recites the characteristics the Chinese society believes makes a perfect woman, "quiet and demure, graceful, polite, delicate, refined, poised"(Mulan). Mulan is accused of bringing dishonor to her
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