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Gender Roles In Mulan Essay

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The Disney movie, Mulan, is a fantastic movie that depicts gender-stereotyped roles, socialization of gender roles, and consequences of over stepping one’s gender role. Both males and females have a specific role in the Chinese society that one must follow. Mulan made a brave choice pretending to be a man and going to war against the Huns in place of her father, risking serious consequences if she were to get caught. She broke the socialization of gender roles and could have been faced with very serious consequences of her actions. The Chinese society in Mulan exemplifies the typical gender roles of males and females, the consequences of displaying the opposite gender role, and showed what the society expected in males and females in characteristics and attitudes.
Mulan is a young girl in China, who is trying to honor her family and ancestors by finding a husband. She was expects to be delicate, quiet, obedient, graceful, polite, and poised, none of which Mulan displayed. She showed up late to the meeting with the woman, “The Match Maker”, who picked whom Mulan would one day marry. Although they expect women in China to have a tiny waist, too small of a waist, which Mulan had, was no good. She would not be great at baring children. Mulan could not pour the tea right for the woman either. She missed the cup, spilling the tea on the table. She was not very graceful and upset “The Match Maker”, who believed Mulan would never honor her family. Mulan did not display the characteristics that the Chinese society expected a woman to have and was looked at as dishonorable to outsiders.
When the emperor sent out a request to send the men in China to war, Mulan was scared. Her father was one of the many men summoned to fight. Mulan was brave, stole her father’s armor, cut off her hair, and signed up to fight for her country. She learned along the way men had to be disciplined, strong, rough, and they had to display bravery. Men needed to be tall, big, and willing to fight for their country, since fighting for their country is an honor. Mulan seemed to display the characteristics of men much easier even though she was a woman.
The Chinese society wanted all females to be obedient toward men and only speak when asked. Women were not supposed to step out of place and take on the role of a man. When Mulan’s father was being selected to fight for China, Mulan shouted, in front of all the people in her town that she did not want her father to go. The one man, handing out the letters summoning the men, told Mulan’s father that he needed to teach his daughter not to speak in a man’s...

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