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...makes all of the decisions. Lady Eboshi is portrayed as “a role model for the town’s women who have fled the patriarchal society” (Kyu Hyun, 2002, 44). Lady Eboshi was figuring out the weight of the guns she says “it’s still too heavy for the girls” (Miyazaki, 1997) which implies that the women were the ones using the weapons to fight as warriors. In Japan, women had a lot more power than what women did in the west and Princess Mononoke shows that with the reversal of gender roles. Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke is not a film about two characters romantic love fable, but it is a Japanese cultural production that shows elements of Shinto, and the reversal of female stereotypes. Shinto is shown through contact with the kami and the use of water for purification. The reversal of female stereotypes is shown through the women’s independence and their high social status.
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