Analysis Of Sociological Concepts In The Movie Mulan

Mulan was born in China thousands of years back. Mulan was taken to the matchmaker by her family. He commented that Mulan is too thin and not suitable to marry. Mulan didn’t impress the matchmaker. She is disgraceful for her inability to be poised and dignified as a woman. Mulan feels lost and is trying to discover her true self. Mulan disguises herself as a mean woman to help her father, an injured veteran. Mulan had difficulty fitting in and training with the soldiers. Mulan is injured in a battle against the Huns. Mulan is revealed to be a female and she is expelled and sent home. When she returns home, she finds that the Huns were able to survive the avalanche. She attempts to warn them by going to the imperial capital, but they are not listening. Mulan saves the emperor.

Mulan is an animated Disney film set in ancient China. Mulan is a young girl who pretends to be a boy to replace her father, a wounded veteran from World War II. It is her search for her true identity, and her place in society. The film explores sociological concepts like gender roles, conflict theory, and culture. Gender roles represent how men, women, and their society are perceived.

This film shows a lot of gender socialization, which is a form social control. Mulan, on her way to the matchmaker, is first told by the man she sees that she’s too thin to bear children. He then explains to Mulan what it takes to be a good bride. In ancient times, women had to have children. Women were expected only to become wives and help their husbands with household work and domestic duties. Mulan, her fellow soldiers, and their journey to battle are discussing what the ideal woman is. Mulan claims she wants a woman who can think for herself. The other soldiers disagree. It is evident that women were judged by their looks back in those days, not their inner beauty. This leads to young viewers who believe that the only thing that matters is the outer beauty, not the inner beauty.

Mulan teaches that men are the dominant gender in Mulan and are expected to provide for their family. Mulan was told by the general that her father should not fight in war. Women could not speak in front men. Men were superior to women. This was clear evidence of gender inequality in society. The movie illustrates men’s superiority, as the general states this and allows only women to fight in war. Women are, however, perceived as being weaker in sex. Mulan attempts to replace her father in war but is stopped by the fact that she is a female. Mulan was inspired to become a man by Chinese culture and disguise her gender to get to war.

Culture is the second concept that you see in the film. With the film set in ancient china, there is a lot to be learned about Chinese culture. In the film, there are two types non-material culture. Nonmaterial culture refers to intangibles that are created by intellectual or spiritual growth and is represented through society’s belief. Material culture refers to physical objects that people give meaning and can be seen in Chinese culture through the way people dress in Kimonos and wooden slippers, and how they eat with chopsticks and bowls. Mulan’s father prays at the ancestors to receive protection and luck.

The movie also showed conflict theory, which shows unequal power distribution. Religion creates hierarchies which support the status-quo in conflict theory. This is a way of putting labels on people based upon their social status and appearance. Mulan’s words were ignored by everyone at first, as she was labelled a weakling women. Mulan found out that the Huns were heading towards the Emperor’s house. She tried to warn people, but no one listened to her, not even the general. Fushu the Dragon asked her why she wasn’t listening. Fushu replied, “Remember, you are a female again.” Mulan was finally able to sav China after this label had changed her mind. People began to respect her and changed their perspective. This transformation is demonstrated when Mulan acknowledges the Emperor and bows down at her end.

Mulan is feminine power. Mulan shows that Mulan can win respect even when she is considered inferior or weak. Mulan also displays the effects culture can have on an individual’s attitude towards others. Mulan, through all this, discovers and changes her identity in order to be a respectable member of society.


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