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English Essay Two

  1. 1. SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN THE DESIGN SCHOOL FOUNDATION IN NATURAL BUILD ENVIRONMENT NAME: LEE JO YEE STUDENT ID NO: 0314880 FILMS SELECTED: "MULAN" AND "BRAVE" WORD COUNT: 960 ENGLISH 2 (ENGL 0205) WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: COMPARE – CONTRAST ESSAY LECTURER: CASSANDRA WIJESURIA SUBMISSION DATE: 5TH DECEMBER 2013 1
  2. 2. Heroines We have watched cartoon ever since we are small. Examples like Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, Spongebob and etc. Remember all those laughter and giggles that they have brought to you when Tom purposely bang his head onto the wall while chasing his forever enemy Jerry and Spongebob's ridiculously high-pitched funny tone. In another words, they are called the animation too. "Animation or animated movie is a motion picture consisting of a photographed series of drawings,objects, or computer graphics that stimulates motion by recording very slight, continuous change in the images, frame by frame." according to an American Heritage Dictionay (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2009). The animated pictures later on is enhanced with the voice narration by the voice artists to make live the characters inside, including various funny or scary sound effects. I always been a fans of animation and am the one who let my mouth wide open for those astonishing imaginary scenes that are very unlikely appear in normal real life movie. They are just the eye candy for you! Hence, I would like to introduce some of the best animations that I have watched, especially for the girls: "Mulan" and "Brave". When Brave has came out in 2003, it has created a small commotion for the audience as the main character, Merida has vividly reminded them about the famous unforgettable heroine --- Mulan . "Mulan" was out in the year of 1998 and it was without a doubt a very successfully animation. I have to agree with the argument because although Mulan and Brave were produced in different times, they are very similar in many ways such as the style of the movie, the features of the main characters and the theme of the movie. Let's start the rolling ball with the style of the movie. Both animations fall under the category of Adventure and Thriller. The story started with Mulan as a very filial piety girl. When her family has received the order from the Palace to fight for the country, she was reluctant to see her sick father went on to take the mission as her father was the only man in the family.To save her aging father from military service, Mulan joins the army in his place --- chopping off her hair and masquerading as a boy named Ping. On the other hand, the miscommunication between Merida and her mother has lead her to run away from home and make an awful wish to the witch --- to turn her mother into a bear so that she can be free. However it costs her a hard attempt to cancel the wish and brings her mum back. The intriguing storyline not only keep you 2
  3. 3. sitting at the edge of your chair for the adventure to begin . Strong and powerful songs throughout the animation such as " I'll make a man out of you" was played during the military camp training in Mulan and a more scottish themesong "Touch the Sky" from Brave. Both movie depict a same theme that is the love towards our family. Mulan's reason for joining the war is heartrendingly sad, as well as considerate. It was heart wrenching for Mulan to see her old father was forced to join the war because she loves him so much. The fear of losing him has given Mulan the courage to make such decision. There is no doubt Merida and her proper, queenly mother love each other, but just as mothers and daughters have throughout history, they drive each other nuts. Queen Elinor can’t understand why Merida won’t grow up and accept her royal responsibilities, and tomboy Merida — who longs to ride and hunt like her gregarious father — can’t understand why her mum won’t just leave her to it. When Merida’s illfated wish turns Queen Elinor into a bear, it ironically helps Merida relate to her mother more as a person and the love towards her. Lastly, is the main character of the animation. Both Mulan and Merida are different from any Disney princess that you have seen. They are brave, strong, self-reliant and clever. When the Huns troops charge down the side of a snowy mountain (Mulan - Mountain Fight), Mulan takes the cannon and fires the rocket at the snow mound. The impulse of the rocket together with the snow mound has caused an avalance which spreads over the Huns, burying them. This act has shown that Mulan is highly intelligent and calm heroine. As for Merida, she is another brave and clever little girl that is very skillful in archery. During a competition among the sons of three clans in wining Merida's heart, Merida disguises herself and enters as one of the competitor and shoots the targets over her mother's objections. You could rarely find a girl who master archery greater than men during that age. Besides, the interesting part of the story is that both protagonists are forced to have an arrange marriage in the beginning of the animation but they failed to perform like normal girls in their society . Hence without giving up, they fight for their faith. In conclusion, the similarities in these two movies can be seen from the style of the movie, the theme of the movie and the main character. It is so sad to see that girls nowadays have been spoiled with luxuriates and accepting their fate blindly due to their gender. Mulan and Merida should be some frictional characters that we should look up to because of their spirit to 3
  4. 4. fight to change their fate. Apart from the famous tagline in Brave: " Change your fate" , the Emperor of China in Mulan said: "You don't meet a girl like that every dynasty". 4

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