Friday, October 28, 2011

木兰的故事 The Story of Mulan

This story is so popular in China that everybody knows it. Now it is well-known in the world ever since it was adapted into a Disney movie. Mulan was originally considered the role model of filial piety as she was enlisted in the place of her old father, but in the present medernized version, she is the convincing good example of independent adventurous female.

古时候有一个女孩子叫木兰, 她从小跟着父亲读书写字,平时帮母亲做家务,织布。她还特别喜欢骑马射箭,练得一身好武艺。有一天,父亲很着急地告诉她,马上要打仗了,每户人家都必须有一个人去当兵。但是因为木兰没有哥哥,弟弟还太小,看来父亲只能自己去了。木兰一边干活, 一边想着父亲说的话。 她想:“父亲已经很老了,身体又不好,怎么能离开家去当兵呢?”木兰想来想去,决定自己穿上男人的衣服代替父亲去当兵。
十二年过去了,仗打赢了,皇帝要奖励她,但是木兰既不要做官,也不要财物,只想要一匹快马,好让她立刻回家,皇帝高兴地派人送她回家。木兰回到家后,脱下打仗穿的衣服,换上女人穿的衣服,梳好头发,出来向送她回来的人道谢,那些人看了都非常惊讶。没想到一起打仗的战友竟是一位漂亮的姑娘。 木兰说: “两只兔子在地上一起跑,谁能看得出哪个是雄的,哪个是雌的呢?”

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In the past, there was a girl named Mulan. Since she was little, she learned to read and write after her father. In normal time, she would help her mother with house chores and weaving.  She was expecially fond of horse riding and archery. She had gained the great skills of martial arts. One day, her father very worriedly told her that the war was about to start and that one male from every family must be enlisted. But since Mulan had no elder brother, and her younger brother was too young, it seemed that the father had to join the army. Mulan was thinking about her father's words  as she worked. She thought," father is old already, and is also in poor health. How could he serve as a soldier outside of home?" She thought and thought. Finally she made up her mind to change into man's clothing and join the army in the place of her father.

After Mulan became a soldier, she could do whatever the other male soldiers would do, just like the other male soldiers, and could do even better than them. Everybody thought she was male. She was both smart and brave, and often won the battle.  All her friends respected her very much.
Twelve years passed, and there was the victory. The emperor wanted to reward her. But Mulan wanted neither high position in the court nor jewelry and money. What she wanted was a fast horse so that she could get home right away. The emperor was happy to send her home accompanied by other soldiers.  When Mulan got home, she took off her fighting robes and changed into women clothing. After she did her hair, she came out to say thank you to the men who accompanied her home. The men were very surprised to see her. The friend who fought together with them was unexpectedly a beautiful girl. Mulan said: "When two rabbits are running fast on the ground, who can tell which one is male and which one is female?"

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