The Life of Mulan Essay

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She was a young Chinese girl - disinterested in women's chores and not ready to be married. She was more worried about the draft, which called for each family to send a son or brother to serve in the army in a war against the Huns. Since her father was disabled, she quickly purchased the required equipment: a horse, saddle, bridle, and a long whip. Disguised as a man, she joined the evening camps and left for the long journey. Ten years she was gone on a journey of ten thousand miles. As reward for her years of service, she was allowed to go home and was welcomed by all her family. It did not take her long to get back to her true identity - a woman; she resumed her feminine appearance by fixing her hair, resuming her old clothes and…show more content…
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