The Disney movie Pocahontas displays Native Americans in an extremely stereotypical manner, such as their conflict with white Europeans. It depicts Native Americans as uncultured people with strange religions. It also displays their housing in a very historically inaccurate manner.
In the 1994 film The Lion King, there are many scenes that reinforce many dominant narratives and stereotypes of the creatures and environments of Africa. The movie contains a wild and primitive land with no human life. Showing stereotypical environments, like wide open savanna landscapes, and stereotypical animal roles, which include lions being the king of the jungle. During the beginning of the movie, the viewer is shown stereotypes about Africa’s landscapes and terrain. Showing the viewer a wide savanna landscape with the sun rising in the background, which is often used in the media when talking about Africa. Reinforcing those single stories about Africa to the current and younger generations
I agree with their thesis that Mulan challenges the dominant narrative that women are less capable than men. It demonstrates this by showing Mulan doing heroic acts that the men couldn’t do. I think the way the movie starts off helps to reinforce the challenging of the dominant narrative. At the beginning, Mulan is encouraged to be ladylike and let the men fight. However, Mulan decides to challenge the idea of what a woman should be and go and fight anyway. Even though she has to disguise herself, the movie still depicts how strong and powerful women can be.
The movie Lion King is set in Africa, yet it only features animals. This could be interpreted as a way promoting a dominant narrative that Africa is wild and full of animals. It does not accurately represent modern day Africa and all of its culture.
Make a short post in which you respond to another’s group argument, agreeing or disagreeing with their thesis and briefly explaining why.
Make at least one comment on one of your classmates’ posts — not just saying you like it, but providing a brief, but substantive response to their points.