• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad, and write about how filmmakers use different presentational devices to create an unusual fairytale.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Shrek Coursework In traditional fairytales, ogres are man-eating beasts. The prince usually rescues the princess; they marry and live happily ever after. How do the makers of 'Shrek' use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, to reveal the ogre as good, and the prince as evil? In this essay, I am going to analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad, and write about how filmmakers use different presentational devices to create an unusual fairytale. In conforming fairytales there are Princes such as prince charming, but they are the only kind of prince you are normally going to find, whereas the ogres and giants are a mixed breed, there is the ogre who attempts to eat the three Billy goats gruff, or the giant form Jack and the Beanstalk. In that fairytale the giant chases Jack all the way around his castle threatening to eat him. Shrek tries plea for a peaceful end to a fight and only scares the villagers off, instead of attempting to harm them. Lord Farquaad is different from other characters in his position such as Princes, Farquaad attempts to draw a queen so he can become King, and have his own Kingdom. The prince from Snow White, is attracted to Snow White for real, instead of for his own gain, and from this he saves her live. ...read more.

Middle

This suggests that Shrek isn't really a fighting ogre, because he doesn't really want to hurt anyone. When Shrek rescues Princess Fiona he violently shakes her to wake her up instead of the usual kiss from a knight to wake the prince from a long slumber, she is also disappointed that it is not a romantic moment, even though he is an ogre. He also gives an excuse that he has to save his ass, for that fact that he didn't slay the dragon, practically saying that he has to save himself and Donkey. Initially he tries to act threatening towards Princess Fiona but doesn't last long doing this. Other characters see Shrek as a harmful ogre, these are people such as the villagers, but Princess Fiona sees him as harmless, because she understands how he feels. Lord Farquaad has an evil side to him; he watches a torture of the gingerbread man and just enjoys it, at first he laughs and then taunts him, 'Run, run, run as fast as you can...' He also attempts to pull off the gingerbread man's buttons, but he pleads with him for his buttons. Soon after that he throws the gingerbread man in the bin and he screams. There is also a parody of the famous series Blind Date where Lord Farquaad has three beautiful women to pick from. ...read more.

Conclusion

Suggesting that other creatures around Shrek know that there is nothing scary about him at all. Lord Farquaad's castle is supposed to be beautiful- but instead we get a gingerbread man being tortured, hooded creatures promoting violence and secrecy, his own isolated hood to chill in. Lighting in the film is used to show the loneliness of Shrek, as he is isolating himself from the rest of the characters. He does this by sitting away from the fire with his back to it, staring into the moon trying to find something to contemplate. It is also used when Shrek has met the princess and he is pictured by the sunset. Ha and Fiona walk through the forest on a sunny day, the lighting here gives an overview of a happy romantic day, even though it doesn't seem real. There are birds chirping and the princess singing, all showing contentment. At the end of the film a brilliant light is used to show the goodness and make a real magical fairytale ending. All in all this film uses traditional fairytale characters brought to you using presentational devices which change the effect of these characters full circle. At first these presentational devices show you them as traditional characters howling, being good for the normally good characters and evil for Shrek. But this has a reversal of trend, Shrek ends up as the good guy and Lord Farquaad comes out of the film nearly as evil as Hitler. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE JRR Tolkien section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE JRR Tolkien essays

  1. Media: Coursework

    The music is still very calm and determined whilst scenes of wilderness and war are shown. Then the music starts to get louder and speed up a little bit, more scenes of bravery are shown, tough decisions are made and the music gets really dramatic and a scene of a

  2. How do the makers of 'Shrek' use presentational devices to reverse this tradition to ...

    In fact we get the idea that he is the stereotypical ogre. The beginning is different to that of a conventional fairy tale as it focuses on an ogre and all of his disgusting habits. The audience are surprised at the beginning as they are expecting the film to be conventional to un-conventional surprises them.

  1. How does the film 'Shrek' challenge the fairytale genre?

    Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona have left the tower, the dragon becomes sad. This also challenges the fairytale genre, because the use of the mythical creature and the curse is all quite normal, but when the dragon falls in love with the donkey, it shows the viewer for sure, that this is no ordinary fairytale.

  2. Analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad and write about how the makers ...

    At the beginning of the film, Shrek tries to threaten the characters that he meets, but Donkey, the mice, the storybook characters and Princess Fiona are not intimidated by Shrek or his appearance. He tries to make them frightened by reminding them that he is an Ogre.

  1. Fantasy films often take us in to a different world and away from the ...

    This makes the audience feel more hatred towards the ring wraiths who are the evil characters, and more sympathetic towards Frodo. Music is essential in a film, try and imagine jaws without the music.

  2. How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, to ...

    Instead of Shrek accepting the challenge with Lord Farquaad's knights, he offers to solve the dispute, by saying 'Can't we settle this over a pint?' This suggests that Shrek's is not a violent character, and would rather talk his way out of situations than to have to fight his way out.

  1. In this essay I will analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad and ...

    Donkey thinks that Shrek is too kind and should not have to ask for his swamp to be returned to him. Donkey tells Shrek to kick out the fairy tale creatures with force from his swamp if he needs to.

  2. How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, to ...

    just settle this over a pint" this shows that Shrek does not like violence he is actually kind inside. As the film progresses viewers begin to learn that Shrek is not a traditional ogre, but just tries to be scary so he can be alone in his swamp.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work