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posted by ApplesauceDoctr
Hello everyone! I'm Veronica (a.k.a. ApplesauceDoctr :D), and hey, it's been a little while since I've written an article. It feels good to get back into the spirit of writing. :D
So, what have I today? As আপনি can see, I'll be analyzing the song "Reflection" from Disney's Mulan. I made a lyric video for it about a week পূর্বে and realized just how deep the song is! However, in this analysis, I'll also be taking a look at the extended version of the song. It shows a different side of মুলান that...well, you'll see soon enough.

Alright then! Let's take a listen to Reflection!

Movie Version

Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect bride
অথবা a perfect daughter
Can it be
I'm not meant to play this part?



From this, we can see that মুলান knows that she can't be what society expects her to be - that perfect চীনামাটির বাসন doll. It's just not going to happen, and as a result, she প্রশ্ন herself. If she's not that perfect bride অথবা daughter, then what is she? Who is she supposed to be?


Now I see
That if I were truly to be myself
I would break my family's heart




This excerpt here makes me think of Elsa. And Hercules. All of these characters want to just be themselves and fit in, but it's not that easy. For Mulan, she wants to be herself, but not if it means disappointing her family. She truly loves and respects them and is willing to try to be what society expects of her in order to maintain a good family image. As we've discussed, though, she can't do this, thus bringing us to the chorus:


Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection
Someone I don't know?



For some reason, I never really understood what মুলান meant দ্বারা this, and here I am right now feeling like a complete dunce. xD
Whenever মুলান sees her reflection, she sees what she's trying to be - the "perfect চীনামাটির বাসন doll". আপনি know this দ্বারা now. But she knows that's not who she is. She wants to be her true self while at the same time making her family proud. Of course, she feels that she can't be herself without giving the Fa family a bad name.

Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am, though I've tried
When will my reflection show
Who I am
Inside?



(That last line is repeated, দ্বারা the way. ;D)
This basically re-establishes what she's already been saying. She hides her true self to try and fit society's expectations, yada yada. She awaits the day, if indeed there is a day, when she can be herself and not worry about dishonoring the family.

I'll bet (not really) you're thinking, "Wow, that's it? Short song." Indeed. It's a gorgeous song, but rather short. We'll now take a look at the extended version of the song. Why was the song trimmed? Let's find out!

Extended Version

Who is that perfect bride?
It's not me, though I've tried
When will my reflection show
Who I am
Inside?



The looking-into-the-mirrors bit should look familiar, as does this excerpt entirely. The only real way this contrasts with the পূর্ববর্তি excerpt I showed is that instead of her admitting to hiding herself, here, it's আরো directly related to what just happened in the movie *cough cough Matchmaker cough*.
The পরবর্তি excerpt is where the contrast comes in.


How I pray
That a time will come, I can free myself
From their expectations




আপনি know how the movie version mainly focuses on her wanting to please her family? I mean, yeah, she does want to be accepted as herself, but only if she can do so in an "honorable" way.
That gets thrown off a bit here. This suggests that she wants to be devoid from society's expectations altogether in order to live the life she wants. Let's continue on to see where I'm going with this.


On that day
I'll discover someway to be myself
And to make my family proud




Wait, haven't we gone over this already? Yep, we sure have! No need to talk this over again. It's the next stanza we want to take a look at.


They want a docile lamb
No one knows who I am
Must there be a secret me
I'm forced to hide?



Alright, let's see. She's saying that society is basically like this: We don't know who আপনি are, and frankly, we don't care. But we expect আপনি to be perfect. Got that? For someone they hardly know, society's putting a huge weight on Mulan's shoulders, and she's not happy about this. From that last line, she doesn't seem too satisfied with being "forced to hide" herself.
This is the part that makes this extended version of the song seem questionable in respect to what we actually saw in the movie. It makes মুলান seem a bit আরো selfish. Sure, she brings up wanting to make her family proud, but the extended song primarily focuses on how she feels with these expectations. She's had it. She just wants to come right out and be herself without the tension of fitting into the role of the "docile lamb".

Must I pretend that I'm
Someone else for all time?
When will my reflection show
Who I am
Inside?



This excerpt makes my point much আরো clear. What makes the extended version and movie version similar is the fact that মুলান obviously wants to be herself. However, in the movie version, she seems mostly disappointed that her efforts to fit in don't work, and she hopes that she'll be able to make her family proud someday. Here, though, মুলান seems তিক্ত about the fact that society has set these expectations on her. She's sick and tired of pretending to be someone she's not.

So, let's quickly compare and contrast the two. :D

Both Versions:
- মুলান wants to be herself
- মুলান wants to make her family proud

Extended Version:
- Emphasis on wanting personal freedom from society's wishes
- তিক্ত about these aforementioned wishes
- তিক্ত about hiding herself

Final Cut:
- Mostly just emphasis on her desire to be herself; no detectable bitterness

And there আপনি have it! I hope আপনি enjoyed পাঠ করা this, as I had a ton of fun লেখা it. :) আপনি may want to check out my link song analysis of "If আপনি Can Dream" from a while back.
I'll bet that আপনি either a) are going to listen to the extended song right now অথবা b) already have, haha. :D
Well, that about wraps things up! Thanks so much for reading! Adios!
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Well, I did link, and now it's time to সরানো on to a new subject, noses. Some ডিজনি Princesses have regular noses, some have noses that look good with their face, and some have a weirdly shaped, অথবা poorly drawn nose. Keep in mind that this is my opinion, so respect my opinion and I'll respect yours. Enjoy the article! :)



13. Jasmine

I'm not a huge অনুরাগী of Jasmine's looks in the first place, but her nose is definitely the worst of all the ডিজনি Princesses! It's huge and hideous! It looks weird and if আপনি stare at it, it basically takes all the beauty that আপনি see on her off her face. I hate...
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For such a successful and expensive film, Frozen's complete lack of diversity (particularly ethnic diversity) really vexed me. ফ্রোজেন has four main human characters and out of the four:
- Four are white
- Four are all apparently straight
- Three are blonde
Looking at this, আপনি can tell there is very little variation in Frozen's main cast. In ethnic terms, there really is no excuse of this. ফ্রোজেন needed আরো POC.

I have heard one main argument (read: excuse) why ফ্রোজেন didn't have any racially diverse characters (and no: I am not counting black background characters). Some say that Frozen...
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Forget about all of your opinions on Hans. Just for a মিনিট forget about any of his scheming অথবা backstabbing that happens later in the movie. Imagine that আপনি came into to this movie not expecting a villain, অথবা at the very least expecting Elsa to be a villain. What would be the impression আপনি would have of Hans?

My bet is that it would be almost the exact same as Anna's. In the first ঘন্টা of the movie, Hans gives no implication that he is anything other than what he appears. A kind, gentlemanly, slightly awkward young man who is looking for a sense of adventure and a way to escape the overbearing...
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One of the best things about ডিজনি princess films are their princesses(obviously) and songs. As a singer, সঙ্গীত lover, and actor, I've always paid close attention to the voices that bring these wonderful characters and songs to life. I am picky about the voices I like but can admit that no princess has a bad voice, some are just much better than others. Share your opinions.
13. Snow White
Let me begin দ্বারা saying that I'm ranking both গান গাওয়া and speaking voices and that even though she's at the bottom, I don't hate Snow White's voice. Let's be honest here, most people find her voice to be annoying....
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I was bored so I decided to write an প্রবন্ধ about which princesses look like which greek goddesses, since I'm greek and I প্রণয় the Greek Mythology. Enjoy!

Hera- Jasmine

Firstly, Hera has a serious problem with her temper, like Jasmine.She likes getting revenge and even though we don't see জুঁই as revengeful, I believe that if someone hurts her, she won't forget it so easily (besides Aladdin, she forgives him every time, like Hera forgives Zeus). Also, Hera protects women which means she's a feminist, again like Jasmine. Another common, is thei history with their husbands. Zeus...
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