I remember after watching the movie "Mulan", I felt even more proud of being a girl. I think the spirit of Mulan lives in every girl on this planet. Mulan's spirit symbolizes qualities of strength, courage, confidence and positive virtures that lie in every woman's heart and soul.
Even though God made a man's body more enduring to physical stress, the female has been blessed with an unwaivering strenght of spirit. It is becuase of this very strength of spirit why nature chose the woman to have the capactiy to conceive life, to carry a baby for nine months in her womb and then to safely bring into this world the heros and heroines of tomorrow.
The spirit of Mulan has made me understand better the wise old sayings like, "The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world." Another wise saying goes, "Behind every successful man, there is a woman."
There is no reason why a girl should think that she is less capable of fulfilling her dreams just because she is a girl. In today's world, the spirit of Mulan lives on in the form of female politicians, scientists, artists and poets.
The spirit of Mulan that lies dormant in all of us can only be inhibited by our own pre-conceived and false ideas of what a woman can and cannot do, or what a woman should and should not do. We need to overcome these false barriers and open our minds and hearts and allow the spirit of Mulan that lies in all of us, to express itself with all its might.
The example Mulan teaches us that one can do anything that one sets their mind to do. All it requires is to believe in oneself.
Nicky Eisa, age 13 (San Antonio, TX)
The lesson adds up from virtue, confidence, and honor. Mulan expressed all. She may not have brought honor through the matchmaker, but she pursued it in a different way. She didn't plan to be a heroine, the bravest, most cunning and most courageous of the whole army, she just wanted honor. She wanted to look at herself and say, "I am important" or " I did a great thing today."
Mulan's greatest lesson was when instead of shooting the last cannon at the Hun leader, she hit the mountain which caused an avalanche to occur, killing the Hun army. But the Hun leader struck Mulan, which led to the discovery that she was a girl.
After a few thoughts, and finding five Huns alive, it gave her the strength not to give up. (Don't let anything stand in your way.) She learned that it was no use to stand there crying over something that could not be done. And being "true to your heart" can really bring the best out of you, and bring great honor, too.
Maurenn Lim-Chua, age 10 (Mount Holly, NJ)
My parents tell me that I can be anything I want to be when I grow up, as long as I work hard. As long as I work hard like Mulan did, I will do well, just like she did.
Jessica Egre, age 7 (Williston Palle, NY)
Scott Krenitski, age 15 (Towaco, NJ)
For example a couple of my classmates and me were on a football team. It consisted mainly of boys with an exception of two girls. These girls took some teasing and bullying. But they held their ground and took their place on the team. Nobody even noticed later on. They finished out the season, proving that if you want something bad enough, you can do it.
In the future we will see more mixed teams in sports, jobs, and in religions, where women will hold office and certain positions not open to them. So little by little women stood up for their rights and things began to change.
Ambrose Mendez, 10 (Soledad, CA)