Monday, March 30, 2009

Mulan: What Really Happened?

Based on a legendary ballad set in ancient Chinese history, Mulan is the story of a girl who places her family's importance above her place in society. Mulan has had trouble her whole life fitting in with all of the girls her age because she wants to help her family. And so adament are the rules of their culture that if a woman were to go beyond her limits and take the duties of a man, she would be killed. Mulan struggles to please her parents because she is an only child and finds it difficult to be something she is not. There is a war in China and every family must send one person to fight. Mulan's dad is older and is suffering from a previous injury but, he must go. In this desparte situation Mulan decides to take her fathers place and dress up as a man and fight in the war to protect her family. As a woman in a man’s world she must rely on her intellect and strength of will to overcome the hurdles she will face.

1 comment:

  1. I don't want to sound like I'm being picky but this, in fact, is not what "really happened." Mulan was an ordinary girl in an ordinary village that had an older sister and and a younger brother. She knew martial art as a child and axcelled in it as she grew; this did not make her an outcast or unpleasant to her parents. Her parents were always pleased with her and were willing to risk a chance of her exposure. They supported her in her action of filial piety. She, although a women, already had the "roughness of a man," as she was a free child who sometimes would go out in men clothing, and participate in "manly" activities.