Can Greatness Be Taught?: Mulan Case Study

Disney's Mulan screencap

Disney’s Mulan screencap

Having a good teacher is only half the battle. I think that Disney’s Mulan exemplifies this concept. Teachers can teach, teach, teach, but it all depends on the student.

A great teacher can only benefit those who are willing to learn.

You need to just looked at the video to see the progression Mulan takes as she tries to learn to be a soldier. She is being taught the same thing as all the men, but it is not until her teacher gives up on her and tells her to head home that she succeeds.

Was it reverse psychology? Maybe her rebellious teenager side reared it’s head.

I think it was because Mulan decided to do it for herself. She did it, not because her teacher told her to do it, but because she wanted to prove something to herself.

During the movie Mulan is constantly trying to please others. This causes her to focus all on the wrong aspect of learning. To achieve greatness, especially when you are a clumsy teenage girl, you have to look within and reassess your priorities.

Disney Mulan's screencap

Disney Mulan’s screencap

Once Mulan stops being dragged down by obligations and expectations, she really starts to come into her own person. She surpasses all the other trainees. And when it matters, when it means her life, when it means the safety of China, she shines.

I do not think that “greatness” can be taught.

How would it be taught, if it could be?

It all depends on the person.

For the Daily Prompt “Greatness” http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/daily-prompt-greatness/

Also, check out my “Honor To Us All: Mulan in 100 Words” on Bubblews for a slightly humorous take on the movie.

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Halloween on Repeat

Have you noticed that every Halloween the same songs are played. The same playlist on the radio, at parties, in movies. Over and over again, until we are screaming for an entirely different reason on All Hallow’s Eve.

Well I demand a stop to this nonsense. There are plenty of songs out there and I hope that others will find them this year.

If you are hosting a themed Halloween Party, I would recommend having music that revolves around that theme. Most people either just pop in a pre-made Halloween mix or play what ever is popular at the moment. A themed Halloween Party can benefit from a themed music mix because it creates another dimension to the party.

I have an article with suggestions for certain themes, and if you have one that is not there but you need some suggestions for the soundtrack to your party then drop me comment/message. The article can be found here on Squidoo: Halloween Theme Party Music.

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When the Bands Come Marching In: Charles Ives “Putnam’s Camp, Redding, Connecticut”

“Putnam’s Camp, Redding, Connecticut” is a very complex piece of music. While classical in nature, it is a good example of American folk music as well. It was written by Charles Ives in the 1910’s.

The YouTube video is of “Putnam’s Camp” performed by the Leicestershire Schools Symphony.

This part of the composition “Three Place in New England” is simulating what three marching bands sound like as they converge on town square.

The dissonance is created by multiple factions of the orchestra playing against each other.

Ives quotes many American patriotic tunes in this piece to add to the realism of a Fourth of July celebration.