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The adventurous group of now fifteen set off to find trolls, orcs, goblins, wargs (evil talking wolves), aggressive elves, giant spiders, dragons and numberless natural disasters including wind, snow, rain and scorching heat, None of these obstacles came to be the one most powerful and dangerous enemy to Bilbo and the others, though. This ever powerful enemy was the greed and lust for the horde of gold and silver and precious jewels that lured the dwarves to pursue it no matter what the cost.
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Fantasy films often take us in to a different world and away from the imperfections of our normal life
One of the settings in Lord of the Rings is Lothlorien, it contains many huge elaborate buildings, and beautiful gardens; the weather here is never bad and the atmosphere is always bright and cheerful. This setting will help emphasise what is happening in it, often in a place that is light and peaceful scenes with happy moments will be portrayed here, rather than dark upsetting scenes such as battles. These surroundings help engage the audience as what they're seeing is incredible and wouldn't be something they'd see in real life, it will interest them to see something they haven't seen before.
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Jackson has won plenty of Oscars and golden globe awards but the won he cherishes most is best picture and best director. This is because of the time and effort he has put in. A specter of evil is looming over Middle Earth as the Dark Lord, Sauron, seeks to consolidate his already immense power, by reclaiming the One Ring that he has lost. Most of his power is held in this ring. With this power, he can enslave Middle Earth and unleash an incredible evil with little opposition.
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How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, to reveal the ogre as good, and the Prince as evil?
The character Shrek then comes into full view, and rap music starts blaring away. By now it is apparent that Shrek was narrating the introduction to Princess Fiona. The rap music, along with Shrek's actions, suggests to the viewers that this is not going to be like an ordinary fairy tale. The viewers are surprised by this introduction to the film, because the narration is equal to other conventional fairy tales, but is then interrupted by a big, grotesque, green hand ripping at the pages of the storybook so the creature can use it as toilet paper.
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In this essay I will analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad and tell you about how the filmmakers use different presentational devices to create an unusual fairy tale.
Then you see Shreks home and see him cleaning his teeth, wash and get clothed, which suggest that Shrek is not a normal ogre. This surprises the viewers because it suggests that the ogre's character has been switched to be the good guy not the evil one. The type of opening suggests that the ogre has a sense of humour and likes to help people. When the story book characters arrive Shrek tells then what ogres can do to people and then a man wave's fire at Shrek but he puts it out like a match.
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Factors such as history, finances, exposure, and negative aspects have all been crucial elements that participated in the molding of Time Warner's decision on whether or not to adapt this novel. Clearly, any individual would state that Time Warner made the appropriate conclusion based on its success, but there were both advantages and disadvantages that partook in the decision-making. "One estimate claims that thirty percent of the movies today derive from novels, and eighty percent of the books classified as best sellers have been adapted to cinema" (Corrigan 2).
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What factors define a person's identity in The Hobbit? Do individuals have any power over whom they become, or are their characters entirely determined by static factors such as family and race?
The three main characters, as you may have probably already guessed, are Bilbo, Gandalf, and Thorin. These are the most important characters, with the most different attributes one can possibly imagine. Bilbo, being the 'hero' of the story, is the definite protagonist, while Thorin, one would perhaps say, is the antagonist. Gandalf is a character that is basically a 'good guy', but doesn't show up as often as the others. One of the reasons for the choice of these specific characters was because of their extremes in persona. The following content will analyse these three individuals: Their identity, and their power.
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How do the makers of 'shrek' use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, to reveal the ogre as good, and the prince as evil?
There are too many storybook characters for him to scare away so he asks why the characters had arrived and finds out that the characters where forced to stay on his land. Shrek goes to see Lord Farquaad to get rid of the characters for his own benefit. When Shrek tells the storybook characters that he is going to get them off his land, they all applaud which suggests that Shrek is a hero. Language is an important device, and I am going to write about how language can create the impression of good and evil in both characters and films.
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When the film opens we are lulled into a false sense of security by the soft, magical music. This has a calming effect on the audience, who relax into their chairs to enjoy the movie. The soft voice and low lighting also add to the effect. The old style book and typical writing style and pictures give the impression of a typical fairy tale. It comes as a shock when a loud ripping sound is heard and the soft music cuts off to be replaced by loud, new age, pop/rock music. The so-called hideous ogre, Shrek bursts onto the scene in a comical sequence that certainly does not help his reputation as a violent, man-eating beast.
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How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse the tradition of fairytales to reveal the ogre as good and the prince as evil?
The storybook characters react by running away screaming this suggests Shrek seems like a traditional ogre because like 'Jack and the beanstalk' ogres and giants like the taste of humans "Fe fi fo fum I smell the blood of an Englishman". When Donkey approaches, Shrek roars at him and tries to intimidate him, Donkey is not frightened and Donkey responds to Shrek by laughing at him and is not intimated. Donkey says "You need some tic-tacs" Donkey ridicules Shrek about his bad breath.
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In the Grimm fairytale "The Lady and The Lion," L. Frank Baum's fantasy work, The Wizard of Oz, and J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy work The Hobbit, the concept of a promise is a prominent and important theme in maintaining one's honour.
Yet, it is his hubris, his inner pride which compels him to actually commit to helping them, despite the dangers involved. As the dwarves had belittled him with remarks of mockery towards his very nature of small size and apparent weakness, Bilbo states, Pardon me, if I have overheard words that you were saying. I don't pretend to understand what you are talking about, or your reference to burglars, but think I am right in believing...that you think that I am no good.
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Analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad, and write about how the film makers use different presentational devices to create an unusual fairy.
He visits Snow White and the seven Dwarves on a white horse covered in gold jewels. He is dress glamorously with a red waist coat with gold buttons and a blue silk cape. The Prince is very smart and handsome. He kisses Snow White and the spell is broken. They leave together on the white horse to the palace to get married and they live happily ever after. The film Shrek opens with a plain brown book in the middle of the screen, no- one knows what it is, until a beam of sunlight catches it and it opens.
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In this essay I am going to analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad and write about how the film makers use different interpretations making Shrek as good and the Prince as evil to create an unusual fairytale.
The hand rips the page out of the book, you hear a flush of the toilet at the start and modern rap music is played that is when you realize that the film won't be a traditional fairytale. When the storybook characters arrive Shrek threatens them saying "I will grind your bones for my bread and shave your liver and make jelly from your eyes" Shrek tries to frighten them saying "ogres are worse than giants. The storybook characters react by running away screaming this suggests Shrek seems like a traditional ogre because like 'Jack and the beanstalk' ogres and giants like the taste of humans "Fe fi fo fum I smell the blood of an Englishman".
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As Jeremy moved closer, out jumped a little man dressed in tweed. 'Hello Princess', squealed the man. 'Hi', said the princess. 'Uh...I'm taking a survey and would like to know what is your favourite food?', asked the tweed wearing clad midget. 'Hmmm...' thought Jeremy 'I suppose I would have to say that I absolutely love cabbage, yes, cabbage'. 'That's a bit of luck', said the man 'I've got loads of cabbages in my castle, it's that black one over there', he pointed. 'Really?' asked Princess Whelk. 'Yes', answered the midget. 'Wow, let's go', shouted the princess. 'He he he', muttered the man.
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By being the only fixation on the display at one time the observer is totally committed to that one line of text, they identify and take in the scene. I have also noticed that when the logos appear there is no background sound to accompany them, which again is evidence that the directors want the spectator to remember the title. By the directors opting the film to have one dominant title "Lord of the Rings" and a subordinate title "Fellowship of the Ring" this prepares the spectator for more movies that will be under the focal title but as a fresh sub title.
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Comment on in detail how genre and narrative are established in the opening scenes of 'the Lord of the Rings' and Gladiator.
It is a calm female voice, informing the viewer about the quest for the rings. She is one of the only female stereotypes in the film, so she is represented as omniscient (all knowing) and powerful. Her voice sounds mythical, which is a convention of a fantasy film. The music is sad and sombre. It gives the feeling of a tragedy. Organs and violins are used which represent evil. We are then introduced to the history of the rings and how they are distributed. Straight away I can recognise that it is a fantasy genres/Nine rings gifted to the race of men," who represent power and dominance, three are given to the Elves and seven are 'gifted' to the Dwarfs however there will be 'one ring to rule them all".
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"... despite the overwhelming evidence against his own misperceptions, Stevens emerges as a somewhat compassionate character."[Wong, 2000] Do you agree with this assessment of Ishiguro's representation of Stevens?
of life, not simply a means of employment, and he has an utter devotion to duty, to the extent that he will only discard his 'suit' when he is completely alone. It is this necessity to keep a public face that ruins his chance of happiness. He perceives his role to be more important than it is, believing that he has "been given a part to play, however small, on the world's stage" [pg 198] and he is also convinced that: it is not simply my fantasy that the state of the silver had made a small, but significant contribution towards the easing of relations between Lord Halifax and Herr Ribbentrop that evening.
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Analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad and write about how the makers of the film use different presentational devices to create an unusual fairy tale.
Viewers would be surprised as fairy tales have never been 'taken the mick of' like in Shrek. When the storybook characters arrive Shrek tries to threaten them by showing them that he is a scary, evil monster. There too many storybook characters for him to scare away so he asks why the characters had arrived and finds out that the characters where forced to stay on his land. Shrek goes to see Lord Farquaad to get rid of the characters for his own benefit. When Shrek tells the storybook characters that he is going to get them off his land, they all applaud which suggests that Shrek is a hero.
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