In an original Mulan story that was published in 1675, Mulan was to become a concubine, but instead, she committed suicide. WTF? We’ve become used to Disney sanitizing classic tales to entertain a wider audience, but WTF? The ending of Mulan in this version of original story is rather dark, so we can understand why they left it out, unlike the infamous Tom and Jerry suicide episode that aired.
The original Mulan story dates way back to the 6th century AD. It was originally a ballad, however the first written records of the poem have been forever lost to time. But like many stories that have been around for quite some time, they morph and evolve, gaining or losing many aspects in the process. By the time Chu Renho had penned the story familiar to many, it had acquired many new plots, characters and twists, even though much of the story remained the same. But Disney decided to butcher it, as only Disney can.
In the popular Disney film, Mulan joins the army in place of her father in a similar fashion to the original tale. In both stories they become great warriors, and that’s where many of the similarities end. The movie length feature by Disney has her save the day, the Emperors life, offered a role as an adviser (which she refuses, she return home to her loving father and builds a loving romance with Li Shang. Oh how Disney. All’s well that ends well, and everyone lives happily ever after. Hogwash! The original Mulan story plays out more like a Shakespeare tragedy than a Shakespeare comedy.
In one of the original Mulan stories, the romance titled Sui Tang Yanyi , which is the most popular version of Mulan, Chu Renho created an ending that the Grimm brothers would have been proud of. There was no happy reunion with her father, no romance at the end, and quite frankly, no Mulan at the end either. It was far from a happy ending for the heroine.
The tragic ending of the original Mulan story, summoned to become a concubine, soon followed by death and suicide.
Now it’s time to get to the nitty gritty. Mulan was living under the rule of the Turkic khan. The Turkic Khan joined forces with Emperor Li Yuan (founder of the Tand dynasty). This allegiance required all families to send one male to war, so Mulan joined the military in the place of her father.
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