Drama Essay 1 - Chris Pasquariello Andrea Leslie Drama 1051-40 Essay 1 March 5 2010 Heroines can be found frequently throughout history and

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Chris Pasquariello Andrea Leslie Drama 1051-40; Essay 1 March 5, 2010 Heroines can be found frequently throughout history and literature. Although each female is often portrayed as pioneering and unique, parallels do exist among these female-centered stories. Either as a means to invoke a connection, a template with which all females should strive to achieve, or merely coincidence, the stories of two feminine heroes, Antigone and Mulan, show strikingly similar characteristics. In 442 B.C., Sophocles created the play Antigone. Two- and-a-half millennia later, Disney writers created their own heroine in the movie Mulan . Mulan is an animated film that was created in 1998. Surprisingly, the themes of both intertwine with one another. Both women, Mulan and Antigone, face conforming to their traditional roles as women, confusing the signs of the gods, battling the law of the land, and dying for honor. Mulan is based in China at the time of the Hun invasion over the Great Wall. In China, having a daughter as your only child is a curse. As the movie progresses, the
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audience understands the trials of being a woman in this type of culture. Mulan’s character, out of place with tradition, acts out her frustrations with such slight revolt as riding into town on a horse and playing chess like a man. She is faced with remarks that she is cursed because she “will never bring her father honor.” A matchmaker in the movie describes a woman’s role as having “dignity and pose and… silence!” After being told she will never bring honor to her family because of her lack of femininity, she stares into a reflection of herself and tells herself that she is “not meant to play this part.” Her part as a woman is not making her happy. Mulan parallels with Antigone in that she lacks the ability to hold her place as a woman. Antigone also has a curse over her head because she is Oedipus’s daughter. Antigone’s tragedy begins with the burial of her brother.
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2010 for the course LIT 1051 taught by Professor Leslie during the Winter '10 term at Cincinnati State.

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Drama Essay 1 - Chris Pasquariello Andrea Leslie Drama 1051-40 Essay 1 March 5 2010 Heroines can be found frequently throughout history and

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