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Shrek essay This essay is about fairy tales with the nasty ogre, the good prince, the witch, the beautiful princess and love. I am going to look at a different type of fairy tale. At the begging of the film shrek is sitting on the toilet reading a fairy tale story about a prince and a princess falling in love. He then says "as if that's going to happen" and laughs then rips the page out of the book to use to wipe himself with. Thus interrupts the traditional fairy story because we would normally expect a handsome prince or a fairy god mother not an ogre. This opening suggests that it is a different kind of fairy tale with different elements to the story. Shrek is seen as a very frightening character at the beginning of the film. When he encounters the story book characters he scares them and threatens them "I'll grind your bones to make bread, squeeze the jelly from your eyes and chop your liver up and have it on toast". He also proclaims that "ogres are more frightening then giants". He gives them a mighty rore and the story book characters run away screaming. Shrek is a traditional ogre at this point. When shrek and donkey meet shrek tries to intimidate him by roaring at him but donkey doesn't get scared. Shrek is very surprised by this. ...read more.


Lord Farquaad didn't love Fiona he just wanted to marry her so he could become king. When a director is making a film it is important that they use a variety of angles to create certain effects. At the beginning of the film shrek scores the storybook characters away, the camera angle was a low one. Showing the inside of is mouth. This is meant to make him appear more frightening and to show that he could eat them. When you get closer into shreks swamp I noticed that it goes darker and darker. Thus symbolises fear and loneliness. When the fairytale characters appear with orders from lord farquaad telling shrek to leave the swamp, shrek walks up closer to the fairytale characters. This is a high shot showing how big shrek is against the fairy tale characters. They then run away with fear. As lord farquaad is introduced the tension is built up it shows him putting gloves on there is allow angle shot making him look tall and powerful. The shots are made to show fear and horror in the story. When shrek and donkey are relaxing together looking down at the stars the camera is looking down on them. When shrek cooks Fiona a meal the camera the camera angle is level to show her money. ...read more.


When donkey refuses to listen to shrek, ignores the "beware of ogre" sign, and follows him back to the swamp. This shows us that shrek has a lot of good in him. He is not as bad as people think he is "there's more to ogres then people think". When shrek and donkey go to see Lord Farquaad and they end up having a tournament, donkey turns it into a comedy because he pretends they are playing a wrestling match and tries to get shrek to tag him. Shrek can be a real ogre. He uses his strength and power to defend himself because he could do a lot worse to people. Throughout the film shrek has mostly been a good character in this story. Donkey and shrek have a very strong relationship because since donkey has come out the picture shreks good side has came out more. Donkey is very important he is a good influence on shrek. Donkey also persuades shrek to go after his true love. In conclusion I think this film was more then just some more then just some kind of fairy story it has hidden message like people aren't always as they seem, never judge a book by its cover. The real beauty is with that is the real message because at the end of the film. Fiona is disappointed because she is not beautiful but shrek likes her for who she is. ...read more.

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