Hero's Journey "Mulan"

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Hero’s Journey “Mulan”

By: Jarmonique Smith

Stage 1: Departure

Step1. The Call to Adventure

This paragraph will consist of the call for Fa Zhou which soon after becomes Mulan’s call. Mulan is only in the stage of adolescent. She goes to the matchmaker to see who she is going to marry, she messes up and end up setting the woman’s dress on fire the woman sends her away immediately. She young and has a lack of maturity. Mulan is therefore displaying the stage of adolescence. I see several things coming for Mulan at this point. I see her taking the place of her father, I also see her returning to the matchmaker in the future unless she finds someone new. There is one thing that could cause Mulan to leave home and that is her replacing her father in the war against The Huns. Mulan would not leave home for just anything. Her father is hurt so she does not want him to go to war. When the call comes Mulan and her father Fa Zhou are having a conversation with her father in their back yard. All of the sudden a messenger of the emperor came and called the names of the families living there and said one man from each family must be in the war. Fa Zhou accepted the call even though he was injured. The call was dreaded because of her father’s injury.

Stage 1: Departure

Step 2. Refusal of the Call

This paragraph will consist of whether or not the hero refuses the call. The call is originally for Fa Zhou, but Mulan replaces him. Mulan does not think her father should answer to the call. She is the only one who speaks up out of her family, Mulan, Fa Zhou, Mulan’s mom Fa Li, and Mulan’s grandmother Grandma Fa, her dad tells her to be quiet. She decides she has to do something. Mulan is not ready for adult status. Nothing has prepared her for this status. She has not reached the full level of maturity.

As Fa Zhou is asleep Mulan takes the conscription notice, her father’s armor and weapon along with the horse. She leaves technically she is running away because no one knows she has left. They hear a noise and awaken only to find that she is gone. Her mother wants to go get her, but her father stops her because if they find that Mulan is a girl then she will be killed.

Stage 1: Departure

Step 3. Supernatural Aid

This stage is about people who are there to help Mulan along and throughout the journey. Mulan has two special friends or helpers. They are a cricket and Mushu. The cricket was a good luck charm given to her by her grandmother before visiting the matchmaker. Mushu is a small dragon that was sent by the ancestors. The hero does not receive any advice or talisman. The only help she has are the cricket and Mushu. She cannot receive any advice, talisman, or help her prepare because no one knows she is gone. The only people that know are the ancestors that are on a wall they prey to and they can be summoned, but they cannot get to her before she leaves. The helpers will be with her throughout the journey. They will make sure that she does well in the war. They teach her to be a “man”.

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Mushu is someone who was a guide. He made a mistake and did not protect someone because the person was killed. Mushu was supposed to wake a powerful, big, and wise dragon, but he broke the statue the dragon was in. Mushu had to go in his place. Mushu was supposed to bring Mulan back but was determined to prove to the head ancestor that he was still a worthy guide.

Stage1: Departure

Step 4. The Crossing of the First Threshold

This stage will be about the threshold Mulan is going to cross and the worlds being ...

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This shows a detailed understanding of the film, Mulan and the challenges the hero faces. There are some lapses in expression at times which make understanding some comments difficult. ** 2 Stars.