Nicole Affleck EMS 301 Mr. Young Snow White 1. Snow White is a very ditsy, feminine, and motherly character. She is very nurturing and loving towards the dwarves. She has a very positive and bubbly attitude that seems to be contagious to everyone, eventually even grumpy. At the beginning of the movie, she is dressed in rags out of the queen’s jealousy, but her dress that she is known to be wearing is far nicer. She is also very pretty, dainty, and extremely feminine along with a small waist. 2. The story begins with Snow White singing into the well, and then the prince approaching her to sing along. The evil queen asks her magic mirror “who is the fairest of them all?” Hoping to hear her own name, she finds out that Snow White’s beauty is greater than hers, which results in her attempting to kill snow white by sending the huntsman after her. The huntsman finds Snow White and warns her of the queen’s plans, and then Snow White makes her way through the woods. She finds a cottage along with the wild animals, and decides to clean it in hopes that whoever lived there would let her stay. The dwarves come home to find her lying in their beds, and after she explains her story they let her stay. The next day the dwarves go to work and Snow White is left alone. The queen learns of her location, and disguises herself as an old hag and brings a delicious looking poisoned apple. She then convinces Snow White to try it, and she then falls to the floor. The dwarves chase the queen out and eventually a rock falls on her and she dies. The dwarves put her in a glass coffin so that her beauty can still be admired, and then the prince who learns of Snow White’s death kisses Snow White, which wakes her up and they live happily ever after together. 3. Snow White learns that people can be deceiving. She also learns that jealousy can be beyond cruel, and acting on it may end in your own failure. 4. The social values being reflected in this film are involved with sexism. In Snow White, instead of asking if she can stay with the dwarves when they get home, she cleans their house and makes them food, which was the role of the women in this time. Not only does she do this, she is chipper and thrilled to be doing it. Another social value involving sexism is how the dwarves work all day, and can’t seem to take care of themselves until Snow White comes along. They also seem very happy to be at work when they are there. Mulan 1. Mulan is a very determined, headstrong girl who is very family-oriented. She is very quirky and somewhat clumsy. She is also very stubborn and courageous. She wears a dress when she is not a soldier, and prefers to look natural and somewhat grubby over wearing all of the makeup she does when she meets the match-maker. She has very feminine and dainty features in the beginning, but gains a bit more muscle and shape by the end. 2. In the film Mulan, the story begins with the Mongolian soldiers or Huns, invading the Great Wall of China. The imperial army is then warned, and they confront the emperor who tells the general to get as many new recruits as possible. The story then moves to Mulan who is on her way to meet the match maker. After a terrible encounter with the match maker and accidently making a fool of herself, she heads home realizing that no matter how hard she tries she will never be good enough for her family’s honour. The village is then all called to the town square, and one man is recruited from every family, which include her permanently injured from war father, since he is the only man alive in the Fa family. She then decides that night to leave for the army disguised as a boy to fight in her fathers place. Mushu is told to awaken the great stone dragon to protect her, but ends up breaking it, so he leaves to help her. After plenty of training and making friends in the army, they go to the front and are confronted by the Hun army. Mulan comes up with a last minute plan to get rid of the large number of Huns with an avalanche, but Mulan gets badly injured by their leader Shan-Yu who gets swept away with the rest of the Hun army, and then Mulan saves Shang her captain. She is discovered as being female after she is bandaged up, and Shang spares her life and heads to the emperor’s celebration without her. Some of the Huns survived, and head to the celebration to kill the emperor. Mulan stops them with a fireworks explosion, and the emperor awards Mulan with the crest of the emperor and Shan-Yu’s sword. She returns home and presents it to her father, who tells her that having her as a daughter is greater than any gift or honour. Shang then returns Mulan her helmet, and stays for dinner. 3. Mulan learns several lessons in the film, to respect herself for who she is, and that her father and family will always be proud of her no matter what. The audience learns that women are capable of amazing things, and are equal to men. 4. The social values being reflected in this film are involved with gender constructs, and how Mulan overcomes them to save her father and prove to herself that she is worth something. The first portion of the movie is spent with people teaching Mulan to be a lady, and she doesn’t seem to be very comfortable with it. She seems far more comfortable bearing a sword and fighting for her family’s honour. Mulan and Snow White 5. The two films are similar because they both star a woman or girl who plays a different gender role. They are very different because Snow White inhabits the more stereotypical Woman role with cooking and cleaning, while Mulan inhabits a man’s role in a war. 6. In snow White, the message that is being sent out is that women do the cooking, cleaning, and house work in general and should enjoy it, along with the men being the providers who work all day and should enjoy it. In Mulan, the message being sent out to women is that they are just as strong as men, and are capable of equal or greater things. The message being sent out to men is to never underestimate a woman, and that you should always be respectful to others, no matter their gender or class.