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Mulan – Reflection lyrics

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?
Somehow I cannot hide?
Who I am, 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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  • u
    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.
  • u
    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.
  • u
    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.
  • u
    This song is me. I never going to be the perfect daughter or perfect at all. The dam part is that my best friend is perfect. She has top grades in school and she are very popular and in the stable (we ride on the same) she is like a idol for very many. I men, I'm not jealous at her I just want her a little bit more for my self. She is a little bit to "wow" you know. She is just best in everything! I'm not better then her in something. I men I very, very glad that it going so well for her, because I love her and will kill my self if something happens whit her but I just feel like I'm not enough all the time. And it's tuff. To tray to be as good as her all the time. To tray to be someone like I don't are! But I going to be on her side. For ever and ever.

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