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

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Media Coursework How does the film 'Shrek' challenge the fairytale genre? Comment on: * Shrek as the unconventional hero. * Lord Farquaad as the prince. * The plot. 'Shrek' the story of an ugly ogre, who goes on a daring quest, to rescue feisty Princess Fiona, to win back the deed for his beloved swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad, is a fairytale with a difference. It has the usual fairytale characteristics, but around every corner there is a twist to the tale. 'Shrek' is an ugly ogre, who for years has been terrorised by the people of Dulock, as they feel that he is a threat, when really he just wants to be left alone. He lives in a swamp in a forest on the edge of Dulock, a kingdom ruled by Prince Farquaad. Now Prince Farquaad has banished all fairytale characters from his kingdom, and has sent them to the ogres swamp to live, but 'Shrek' is unhappy about this and goes to Dulock, to try to win back the deed for his swamp. ...read more.


Lord Farquaad is not like other princes in fairytales, because he is so selfish and evil. In the fairytale genre princes are usually handsome, romantic and loving, but in 'Shrek', this has been turned around and Lord Farquaad is the evil, baddie who is out to hurt anyone who gets in the way of what he wants to do. With Lord Farquaad being the baddie prince, it challenges the fairytale genre, because in most fairytales, the hero is usually a prince or a king who is very wealthy, but in this fairytale, the baddie is the one with all the money who has a title. This makes you think about how the baddie has got this wealthy, but this is probably through cheating people out of things, and being pyre evil and selfish. But I think by having an evil prince, it gives the viewer or reader a different perspective to see, which will show that it does work by having an evil prince. ...read more.


The plot is cleverly written, with exciting twists and turns around every corner, but it keeps the audience interested. I believe that even though 'Shrek' does challenge the fairytale genre, and is a different side to the usual fairytale storyline, but it is really effective, and is still as enjoyable as any other fairytale. I conclude to say that by having Shrek as the hero, and Lord Farquaad as the evil prince, it gives more depth to the storyline, unlike some other fairytale's, where the storyline can be quite weak and boring. I think that also as this was written as a comedy it works really well, but if you were to use another fairytale, such as Cinderella, and try to turn it into a comedy, it probably wouldn't be as successful, because the characters would be the opposite to what they were meant to be. I finish to say that 'Shrek' is unlike other fairytales and does challenge the typical genre, because of its back to front characteristics and its well written storyline. Lorna Mottram 11GDE 11.1.2 HRM English ...read more.

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