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Look at me,
I may never pass for a perfect bride, or a perfect daughter.
Can it be,
I'm not meant to play this part
?
Now I see, that if I were truly to be myself,
I would break my family's heart
.

Who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection someone I don't know?
Who is that perfect bride?
It's not me, though I've tried.
When will my reflection show, who I am, inside
?
How I pray, that a time will come,
I can free myself, from their expectations
On that day, I'll discover someway to be myself,
and to make my family proud.
They want a docile lamb,
No-one knows who I am.
Must there be a secret me,
I'm forced to hide?
Must I pretend that I am someone else for all time?
When will my reflection show, who I am inside?
When will my reflection show, who I am inside?



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    UnregisteredAug 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm
    Mulan is trying to be someone else in her family's sake because not being what the other girls are is disgracful. It's kind of the way things are today: if you want to "fit in" you have to be someone who you are not therefor giving you the hard decision of excepting yourself and being who you truly are inside. Mulan is trying to make that decision and basing it on her reflection she can't deny who she really is.
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    UnregisteredJun 28, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Being someone else. Not your true self to protect your family. Mulan realizes throughout her struggles she will be her true self and her parents will accept her for who she truly is. Being someone else. Someone you don't know. Someone not special to yourself because you can't seen to recognize yourselfhaving to hide your true self to protect people you love but it somehow seems impossiblemost important is doing your best than being the bestthe character mulan conveying a loving & protective daugther. You do thing that you don't like, but you have to do this because of your love once. Who you really are. There's no hiding from the truth. This lovely soneg means that she is thinking about who she is insidelost as to who one truly is, and how the outside, is not what is on the in. I think, that mulan struggles to be who she is without being disapproved by everyone who loves her. She wants to be free of all the illusions and expectations of her image, but doesn't feel strong enough to show her real self to the whole world yet.
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    UnregisteredOct 19, 2014 at 2:20 am
    Sometimes an armor isn't a metal. Nowadays, to conceal what's inside, you have to deviate from the norm. For example, if all the girls are trying to be slim to be attractive to men, you shouldn't follow them because if you do, you'll be leaving lots of people behind who are important to you. E. G. Your family. There is greater fulfillment in overcoming one's personal desire for the common good. We're not meant to live our life for our own sake. Life has greater value through sacrifice. Well, being human, you sometimes look in the mirror and say "what if I live life without thinking of some other important people other than myself?" Maybe, I won't be in this armor.

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