Mulan

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Jonathan Chambers
December 9, 2013
History
Mulan Comparison The movie Mulan was surprising similar to many ideas and events in China’s history. Sometimes, movies are not realistic and even give a false account of historical events. I thought, for the most part, that Mulan was an excellent representation of China’s army and how it functioned during the Qin Dynasty. In the movie, Mulan volunteered to go to war for her father when he was called to serve. When her father was called to go to war, he was old and crippled but the army commander didn’t care. This is an example of the inflexibility and harsh rules of the army which truly did exist. Mulan enlisted in the army as a young boy, without a whole lot of physical strength but the army was just as hard on her as anyone else. It didn’t matter what the excuse was, you were expected to serve, and serve well. There was great pride in serving in the army and many wanted to serve to make their ancestors proud. In the religion in China, it is important to make your dead relatives proud and help you get a better place when you die. Also, in Chinese culture, a woman’s place was one of quiet obedience. This was displayed in Mulan in the beginning when she was being prepared to be married off and was told to be quiet when she tried to say what she really wanted to do. Women were not allowed in the army and this was said during the movie, too. Also, when the women were getting Mulan ready, they used jade, which was believed to help balance. She was also dressed in silk, which the Chinese made and kept secret from other countries, so it was in very high demand. During the fight scenes in Mulan, there was much violence. This was definitely the way both the Huns and the Chinese fought in those days. There was no mercy shown and the Chinese leader showed no mercy even on their own soldiers. The Huns, in…...

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