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Shrek Stereotypes Essay

The Message in Shrek Essay

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The Message in Shrek

In traditional fairy tales, ogres are man-eating beasts, the Prince rescues the Princess and they live happily ever after. How do the makers of "Shrek" use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, revealing the ogre as good, the Prince as evil?

In traditional fairy tales, the story begins "Once upon a time" and the general story line is a happy one. Fairy tales are designed for small children so they can't be violent or contain swearing etc.

Snow White is a traditional fairy tale in which the evil queen tries to kill her but a prince rescues her, a typical stereotype fairytale layout.

Sleeping Beauty has the same lay out but slightly differs from Snow…show more content…

Also the camera shots also show Donkey and Shrek together. In the fight Shrek doesn't want to fight and offers to "settle it over a pint" but later decides to pummel them. From this the audience can tell that Shrek is in favour of peace but doesn't mind the odd brawl with the baddies.

Later Shrek meets and rescues Princess Fiona as ordered by lord Farquaad. When they first meet Fiona is expecting a kiss as she lays ready (this is in reference to sleeping beauty) for a kiss but Shrek shakes her awake this suggests Shrek is not the traditional type as the film isn't either. When Fiona queries why Shrek hasn't slain the dragon he says that it is on his to-do list which says Shrek has a sense of humour even in life threatening situations.

At the beginning of the film, Shrek tries to threaten the characters he meets. There are characters that are not affected by his appearance these being Princess Fiona, Donkey and the fairy tale creatures that squat in his swamp at the beginning of the film. Although Shrek an ogre the audience accepts him as a good guy.

In contrast to Shrek, lord Farquaad is a small and nasty character and shows no remorse throughout the film. There is a scene where lord Farquaad is interrogating the ginger bread man truing to find the fairy

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The Movie Shrek Essay

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The Movie Shrek

Shrek is a spoof of traditional fairytales. It uses stereotypical features, structures and characters. These features are challenged throughout the film by special effects, reversal of stereotypes, intertexuality, twist of plots and through comedy. In order to explore this in depth all aspects will be considered, like setting, structure, characters, stereotyping and humour.

Shrekis about an ogre who in order to keep his swamp he has to rescue a princess from a castle, for Lord Forquaad, the ruler of the land. Shrek accompanied by his new friend Donkey rescue princess Fiona, and are on track to take her to Lord Forquaad, but princess Fiona and Shrek fall in love. Fiona still…show more content…

Also the dragon is female, which is not very stereotypical at all. In addition to this the princess even confesses that that wasn't the way it was suppose to happen. Also Shrek finds the princess accidentally and she is not ready to be rescued, so she quickly scuffles back to the bed and looked as if she were asleep. Neither of these are stereotypical features.

Another setting in the play is Lord Faquaad's castle and village. It is very stereotypical, with four turrets in the castles four corners, a courtyard and Lord Faquaad looking over the crowd on centre stage. Also the soldiers and army protecting the castle are stereotypical, even to the clothes they are wearing. Medieval armour and swords! Shrek also tries to use the 'gladiator' film and then giving it an un-stereotypical feel, by instead of Shrek fighting the knights on sand, he fights them in a wrestling ring. This is an example of intertexuality. Shrek challenges conventional fairytales well in this setting because it is all very surreal, but at the same time it is fantasy, as fairytales are.

The structure of Shrek uses the conventional fairytale structure. There is a hero- Shrek, a helper- donkey and a villain- Lord Faquaad. Lord Faquaad has his army that are the 'bad helpers'. Shrek's structure also follows Todorov's theory of fairy

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