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How Shrek Uses Presentational Devices To Reverse Stereotypes

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How Shrek Uses Presentational Devices to Reverse Stereotypes When people think of Fairytales, they think of a knight in shining armour, the helpless damsel in distress, the evil witch who is intent on destroying the romance and a happy ending. Fairytales are stories with a moral which have been passed down from generation to generation. The opening scene of Shrek is a parody of the popular Disney film 'Snow White'. You can tell this is not going to be an ordinary fairy tale as Shrek rips the first page and proceeds to use it as toilet roll. There is also irony in the opening. People associate bathing with cleaning ourselves, however Shrek uses mud. Comedy is another device. The scene when Shrek is painting could be considered to be similar to a famous artist painting, however instead of using paintbrushes Shrek uses bug juice. ...read more.


Generally everybody wants the hero to save them, but in this case they all want to kill him. Lord Farquhar takes on the role of the "hero" by claiming to get rid of Shrek when in actual reality he is the villain. The scene where Farquhar is torturing the Gingerbread man shows his evil side. There also various uses of spoofs of other fairy tales. When Shrek asks the fairytales creatures to leave, one of the creatures replies ""He hoofed and he poofed and he.... Signed an eviction notice." Another example of this is when the magic mirror is bought in. Instead of saying the typical line, it runs a dating show for the prince. Donkey is a very important part in this film. He is voiced by Eddie Murphy. The older members of the audience will recognise him from many other comedy films and realise that he is going to be playing a comical role. ...read more.


Also when Donkey and Shrek escape the castle, they are faced with a bridge above a volcano. A view is shown from the point of Shrek looking down and this creates an atmospheric effect. It is also a clich� of an "Indiana Jones" movie. The love story of this film is very complicated. Shrek is an ogre whilst Fiona is a human. This gets more complicated when we learn of the curse that has been placed upon Fiona. The only thing that is typical of this story is the ending. The bad guy is dead, the good guy gets the girl and they all lived happily ever after. The intention of this film is to entertain and provide humour to a large audience. This has been achieved through the use of film and media devices, including; spoofs, exaggeration and clich�s. Furthermore camera techniques are used to give the feel of an animated fairytale that still seems real. ?? ?? ?? ?? Vitor Sundargi Shrek Coursework Ms Soto ...read more.

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