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theory views inequity in gender as central to all behavior and organization. Furthermore, these gender distinctions are clearly shown in Mulan’s family with her father and her ultimate ancestor. Whilst the women, (and only the women) such as Mulan’s grandmother, mother and neighboring women, in the beginning are prepping for Mulan’s matchmaker meeting, men are not included. The women frantically glamourize Mulan into their depiction of a perfect “housewife”. Again this relates to the symbolic interaction theory, and ties in with feminism because there is as a clear norm for woman that is being carried out by the many mothers in the film. However, Mulan sheds the gender role stereotype and breaks it by disguising as a man, and doing male tasks. This brings me to my next topic, where Mulan does actually take on this male figure and again the gender roles are stressed when Shang, the General of the Army, trains the men along with singing the song “I’ll make a man out of you.” He sings this and one of the very first lyrics are “Did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons?” This is whilst he is training the army for war, and preparing them for strenuous physical tasks. This statement clearly again stereotypes the inequality of physical strength that men have over women. Daughters again are typically not allowed to join the war, however Mulan defies this concept. This concept of power in general with men versus women in family is when the father exclaims how Mulan dishonors him as well. "Chi Fu: Silence! You would do well to teach your daughter to hold her tongue in a man's presence. Fa Zhou: Mulan, you dishonor me." Again, this comment exemplifies what a daughter’s place is supposed to be in regards with speaking amongst men or to men. My reactions to the two theories exemplified within the families in Mulan were not very surprising at all. The roles they rendered from sons and daughters to even authorities figures like
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4 parents to ancestors, all were as I expected. However, interestingly enough I found it great that
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