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How does Shrek use parody in order to appeal to a wide and varied audience?

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How does Shrek use parody in order to appeal to a wide and varied audience? The basic plot line of `Shrek' is there is an ogre called Shrek, his swamp is taken over by conventinal fairytale characters and the only way to get rid of them is too save the princess. Shrek and princess Fiona fall in love. Then Fiona turns out to be an ogre, and then Shrek and Fiona marry. And as said in the film they live ugly ever after. In a conventional fairytale this wouldn't happen as the hero himself would go save the damsel in distress. Then they would marry and live happily ever after. In this essay I will be showing How `Shrek' uses parody in order to appeal to a wide and varied audience. A parody is an imitation of an original to entertain. All the way through `Shrek' there is parody. In the plot there is parody. This is seen in the film when Shrek rescues Fiona. In an conventional fairytale this wouldn't happen, as normally the prince would save the damsel in distress. ...read more.

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His fairytale comparison is Abu. He is portrayed as Abu as Abu is Aladdin's sidekick in the film Aladdin. Farquaads is a short and sinful man. He is portrayed as a work-shy bully. His fairytale comparison is Jafar. He is portrayed as Jafar as Jafar is the evil one in Aladdin. The characters are parodied in `Shrek' as the hero is an ugly ogre. This is effective as it's a twist in the tale. In conventional fairytales the hero is always a handsome, young brut, but in `Shrek' he is an ugly green ogre. During the film there are all different genres, there is romance, action and mystery. This adds to the different impact of the movie. There is romance as Shrek and Fiona fall in love. There is action as Shrek and the dragon fight. There is mystery as when Fiona falls at the wedding, she falls with her back to the audience. The film techniques in `Shrek' are quite similar to the ones in Beauty and the Beast. ...read more.

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There aren't many sound effects in this scene, there is only a very powerful wind sound and woaassshhh sound effects. Beauty and the Beast is a conventional fairytale as the beast turns out to be handsome. `Shrek' has very unconventional settings. Farquaads castle is grand and impressive but the owner is small and inadequate. Dragon's castle is dark, gloomy and oppressive but the owner is calm, soft and tranquil. Shrek's swamp is tatty, remote, disgusting and run-down but the owner ends up being the hero that gets the girl. This movie has attracted audiences of all ages. It has attracted children by the animation, the characters are all animated, and this attracts children, as it's easy on their eyes. There is humour this attracts children, as the humour is quite simple for the children to understand. There is excitement; this attracts children as the tension makes children sit on the edge of their seat. It attracts teenagers/ young adults by adult humour and "childish" humour. Teenagers are 'young' adults so they understand the adult humour but they are also still children at heart. So they understand the 'childish' humour part. ...read more.

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