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Moral Issues and Values in the film Shrek

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Introduction

MORAL ISSUES & VALUES IN SHREK The Reclusive ogre Shrek lives in a swamp that is suddenly invaded by fairy tale creatures of all sorts. Lord Farquaad, ruler of nearby Dulac, wants to make his city as perfect as possible and thus banishes all fairy tales. This includes a sarcastic, motor-mouthed Donkey who more-or-less adopts Shrek. When Shrek goes to complain, Farquaad's knights attack him. When he defeats them, he becomes champion. ...read more.

Middle

Fiona is at first disappointed with her rescuer, expecting a handsome prince to fall in love with rather than an ugly ogre. Fiona herself becomes ugly at night because of a curse, but she hides this fact from Shrek. After a series of misunderstandings she almost marries Farquaad, but her love for Shrek is finally realised and fulfilled. Shrek closes himself off from society because he thinks he is physically unacceptable. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shrek and Donkey forgive each other because they are friends. Farquaad is driven by a lust for power. He chases the fairy tale creatures from his city. He also uses a magical talking mirror. A book of fairy tales winds up being used for toilet paper in an outhouse (played more for laughs than a disrespect for books). According to the film: People who may seem different on the outside may be very similar in other ways. The film questions and twists our assumptions about happiness, love, ogres, princesses, rescues, and dragons. Language: A few mild insults, one or two mild vulgarities, one or two mild profanities. ...read more.

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